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1 T.IBRARY. 1 



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PREFACE 



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In the following reprint, care has been taken to copy the 
t)riginally printed Journals with entire accuracy, correcting, of 
course, errors evidently typographical. To save room, however, 
lists of names, &c., originally printed in columns, are frequently 
thrown into running lines. Where the same document is printed in 
two or more Journals, it is not repeated after the first. A proper 
reference, however, is inserted in its place in subsequent Journals. 

Notice is taken in the first Journal of a " recommendation of 
the General Convention held in this City on the 6th and 7th of 
October, 1784." In explanation, the following extract is given 
from Bishop White's Preface to Bioren's edition of the Journals 
of the General Convention : — 

" In pursuance of preceding correspondence, there assembled 
some of the Clergy of New York, of New Jersey, and of Pennsyl- 
vania, in the city of New Brunswick, New Jersey, in May, 1784. 
And there being a few respectable Lay Members of the Church 
attending on public business in the same city, their presence was 
desired. The immediate object of the meeting, was the revival of 
a charitable corporation, which had existed before the Revolution ; 
clothed with corporate powers, under the government of each of 
the said three Provinces. The opportunity was improved by the 
Clergy from Pennsylvania, of communicating certain measures 
recently adopted in that State, tending to the organization of the 
Church throughout the Union. The result was, the inviting of a 
more general meeting in the ensuing October, at the City of New 
York : that being the time and place, wherein, according to the 
charter of the above mentioned corporation, their next meeting 
should be held. It was accordingly held, for the revival of the 
corporation : and there appeared Deputies, not only from tlie 



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IV. PREFACE. 

said three States, but also from others ; with the view of consult- 
ing on the existing exigency of the Church. The greater number 
of these Deputies, were not vested with powers for the binding of 
their constituents : and therefore, although they called themselves 
a Convention, in the lax sense in which the word had been before 
used, yet they were not an organized body. They did not con- 
sider themselves as such : and their only act, was the issuing of 
a recommendation to the Churches in the several States, to unite 
under a few articles to be considered as fundamental. 

" The articles referred to are as follows : — 

" 1. That there shall be a General Convention of the Episcopal 
Church in the United States of America. 

" 2. That the Episcopal Church in each State, send deputies to 
the Convention, consisting of Clergy and Laity. 

" 3. That associated congregations, in two or more States, may 
send deputies jointly. 

" 4. That the said Church shall maintain the doctrines of the 
Gospel, as now held by the Church of England; and shall adhere 
to the Hturgy of the said Church, as far as shall be consistent with 
the American revolution, and the constitutions of the respective 
states. 

" 5. That in every State, where there shall be a Bishop duly 
consecrated and settled, he shall be considered as a member of 
the convention ex officio. 

" 6. That the Clergy and Laity, assembled in convention, shall 
deliberate in one body, but shall vote separately : and the concur- 
rence of both shall be necessary to give validity to every measure. 

" 7. That the first meeting of the Convention shall be at Phila- 
delphia, the Tuesday before the Feast of St. Michael next ; to which 
it is hoped and earnestly desired, that the Episcopal churches in 
the respective States will send their Clerical and Lay Deputies ; 
duly instructed and authorized to proceed on the necessary busi- 
ness, herein proposed for their deliberation." 



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FIRST CONVENTION. 



PROCEEDINGS 

OF A 

CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EFISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 
HELD IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

On Wednesday, June 22d, 
1785. 



33>^cscnt : 

From Trinity Church, New York, the Reverend Samuel Pro- 
voost, the Reverend Mr. Beach, Reverend Mr. Moore, Honourable 
James Duane, Marinus Willet, and John Alsop, Esquires. 

From the united parishes of Jamaica, Newtown, and Flushing, 
on Long Island, the Reverend Mr. Bloomer, Mr. Charles Crom- 
mehne, Mr. Daniel Kissam, Mr. Joseph Burrows, Mr. John 
Johnson. 

From Staten Island, the Reverend Mr. Rowland, and Paul 
Micheau, Esquire. 

From New Rochelle, Mr. Andrew Fowler. 

From Ulster and Orange counties, Mr. Joseph Jarvis. 

From Dutchess county, Mr. John Davis. 

The Reverend Mr. Provoost was elected President, and the 
Reverend Mr. Moore, Secretary. 



6 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1785. 

This State Convention having associated agreeably to the re- 
commendation of the General Convention held in this city on the 
6th and 7th of October, 1784, proceeded to take into considera- 
tion the matters recommended by the said General Convention ; 
thereupon 

Resolved, That three Clerical and three Lay Deputies, be ap- 
pointed to represent the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State 
of New York, in the General Convention which is to be held at 
Philadelphia on the Tuesday before the Feast of St. Michael next ; 
and that any one or more of each order form a quorum. 

Resolved, That the Reverend Mr. Provoost, Reverend Mr. 
Beach, and Pteverend Mr. Moore, of the Clergy ; and the Honour- 
able James Duane, Daniel Kissam, and John Davis, Esquires, of 
the Laity, be appointed for the above mentioned purpose ; and they 
are hereby authorized to proceed on the necessary business which 
may be proposed for their deliberation at the said Convention, so 
far as they conform to the general principles which are established 
to regulate their conduct in this matter. 

Resolved, That the President be requested to call another Con- 
vention, at such time and place as he shall deem most conducive 
to the interest of the Church. 



END OF THE FIRST SITTING. 



SECOND CONVENTION. 



PROCEEDINGS' 



OF A 

CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 
KELD IN ST. PAUL'S CHAPEL, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

On Tuesday, the 16th of May, 1786. 



The 'Reverend Mr. Provoost read prayers. 

The Convention then proceeded to appoint the Reverend Mr. 
Provoost President, and the Reverend Mr. Moore, Secretary. 

Ordered, That the delegates from the several congregations 
produce their credentials ; which being done accordingly, the 
following membei-s were found to be duly authorized to represent 
their respective congregations. 

For New York, the Reverend Mr. Provoost, Reverend Mr. 
Moore, Reverend Mr. Beach, Reverend Mr. Ogden, Honourable 
Mr. Duane, Honourable Mr. Jay, Honourable Mr. R. R. Living- 
ston, Honourable Richard Morris, John Alsop, William Duer, and 
Paschal Smith, Esquires. 

For the united parishes of Jamaica, Newtown, and Flushing, 
the Reverend Mr. Bloomer, Daniel Kissam, Robert Cronamelin, 
and Richard Alsop, Esquires. 

For North and South Hempstead, the Reverend Mr. Thomas 
Moore, Hendrick Onderdonck, Samuel Martin, David Brooks. 

For Rye, William Miller, Alexander Hunt. 

The proceedings of the last Convention were read. 

The Honourable Mr. Duane then reported the proceedings of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the United 
States of America, held in Philadelphia last September. 



8 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1786. 

A copy of the Book of Common Prayer, with the proposed al- 
terations ; and a Journal of the General Convention, were read : 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the samfe be taken into consideration to-morrow, 

Adjoui'ned to half past eleven o'clock to-morrow morning. 



Wednesday, May 17th. 

The Convention met according to adjom^nment ; and several 
papers relative to the business of the Church, were presented by 
Mr. Duane, and read by the Secretary. 

Deeming it necessary to defer their deliberations to some future 
time, the Convention adjourned to the second Tuesday in June. 



Tuesday, June 13th. 

The Convention met according to adjournmait. 

The Reverend Mr. Bloomer read prayers. 

The minutes of the proceedings of this Convention at their I&st 
meeting, were read, and approved. 

Letters from the English Bishops, and from Mr. Adams, were 
read. 

On motion of Mr. Morris, 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be returned to 
the Honourable Mr. Adams and Mr. Lee, for interesting them- 
selves in so affectionate a manner, for the benefit of this Church, 
in the business of procuring for it an Episcopate. 

Adjourned to eleven o'clock to-morrow morning. 

Wednesday, June 14th. 
Convention met according to adjournment. 
The Reverend Mr. Rowland read prayers. 
The minutes of yesterday were read. 



1786.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 9 

On motion, 

Resolved, That (out of respect to the English Bishops, and be- 
cause the minds of the people are not yet sufficiently informed) the 
consideration of the Book of Common Prayer, with the proposed 
alterations, be deferred to a future day. 

The General Constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 
in the United States of America, was read, and considered by 
paragraphs. 

The 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th articles, approved. 

The 8th article adopted, with the following amendment, " that 
the Bishop be amenable only to the authority of the General Con- 
vention." 

The consideration of the 9th and 10th articles, suspended. The 
11th adopted. 

In compliance with the directions of the General Convention, 
Resolved, That the Reverend Mr. Provoost be recommended for 
Episcopal consecration. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That four Clerical and four Lay Deputies be elected to 
represent this Church in the next General Convention. The Reve- 
rend Mr. Provoost, Reverend Mr. Beach, Reverend Mr. Bloomer, and 
the Reverend Mr. B. Moore, of the Clerg}' : and the Honourable 
James Duane, Honourable John Jay, Mr. R. C. Li\-ingston, Mr. R. 
Crommelin, and Mr. J. Farquhar, of the Laity, were accordingly 
elected. 

Resolved, That the persons appointed to represent this Church 
be instructed not to consent to any act that may imply the validity 
of Dr. Seabury's ordinations. 



END OF THE SECOND SITTING. 



THIRD CONVENTION 



PROCEEDINGS 

OF A 

CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 
HELD IN ST. PAUL'S CHAPEL, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

On the 20th of September, 1786. 



The Reverend Mr. Provoost was unanimously chosen President, 
and the Reverend Mr. Moore Secretary. 

The following persons produced their credentials, and were 
found duly authorized to represent their respective congregations. 

For New York, the Reverend Dr. Provoost, Reverend Mr. 
Beach, Reverend Mr. Moore, Reverend Mr. Ogden, Honourable 
John Jay, Honourable James Duane, William Duer, John Law- 
rence, Esquires, Mr. John Alsop, Mr. P. N. Smith, Mr. Thomas 
Randall. 

For Jamaica, Long Island, the Reverend Mr. Bloomer, Daniel 
Kissam, Esquire. 

For Newtown, Richard Alsop, Esquire, Mr. Charles Roach. . 

For Staten Island, Mr. Lawrence Hilyer. 

For Rye, Mr. John Purdy, IVIr. Ebenezer Purdy, Mr. William 
Miller. 

For W^allkill, Mr. Andrew Graham. 

For South Hempstead, the Reverend Thomas Moore, Mr. John 
Sands, Mr. David Brooks, Mr. George Hewlett. 

Ordered, That the late communications from his Grace the 
Archbishop of Canterbury, be read ; and they were read accord- 
ingly-. 

Adjourned to eleven o'clock to-morrow morning. 



1786.] journals of the conventions, etc. 11 

Thursday, Septembeii 21st. 

Convention met according to adjournment. 

On motion of My. Duane, seconded by Mr. Jay, 
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to consider and report 
regulations for the proceedings of the Convention of this State. 

A Committee was appointed accordingly, consisting of the fol- 
lovsring members: the Reverend Mr. Bloomer, Reverend Mr. 
Moore, Mr. Duane, Mr. Jay, and Mr. Lawrence. This Committee 
to prepare and bring in their report at the next Convention. 

A certificate, recommending the Reverend Dr. Provoost for Epis- 
copal consecration, was signed by all the members present. 

Resolved, That two Clerical and two Lay Deputies be appointed 
to represent this Church in the General Convention to be held at 
Wilmington, in the State of Delaware, on the 10th of October 
next. The Reverend Dr. Provoost, and the Reverend Mr. Moore, 
of the Clergy ; Honorable Mr. Duane, and John Rutherford, Esq., 
of the Laity, were appointed accordingly. 

On motion of JNIr. Lawrence, seconded by Mr. Jay, 

Resolved, That the representatives of this Church in the General 
Convention, be instructed to move, that the name of every person 
who makes a motion in said Convention, upon which a question is 
put, be entered on the minutes of said Convention ; and that the 
ayes and noes be also entered on the determination of the ques- 
tion, in the said minutes, if any member should require it. 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the delegates of the re- 
spective churches here represented, to procure contributions in 
their several parishes, to defray the expense which may accrue 
from the consecration of the Reverend Dr. Provoost. 

Resolved, That the deputies to the General Convention have 
discretionary powers, with respect to any matters which may come 
into debate in the said General Convention. 

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to inquire into the 
state of the property belonging to the Society for the Propagation 
of the Gospel, &.C., and to devise the most effectual means for se- 
curing the same to this Church. This business referred to the 
Committee appointed to consider and report regulations, &c. 

Resolved, That Mr. Fowler have the consent and approbation 
of this Convention, to officiate as a reader in the Episcopal congre- 



12 JOURNAL OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1786. 

gallons at Isllp, Brookhaven, and Oyster Bay ; and that the Secre- 
tary give him a certificate of the same. 

Ordered, That a book be provided by the Secretary, in which 
the Jom'nals of former Conventions shall be transcribed ; and that 
the expense arising therefrom be provided for at some future Con- 
vention. 



END OF THE THIRD SITTING. 



FOURTH CONVENTION. 



PROCEEDINGS 

OF A 

CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 
HELD IN ST. PAUL'S CHAPEL, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

On the 27th of June, 1787. 



3.3ccscnt : 

The Right Reverend Samuel Provoost, D. D., Bishop of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church in the State of New York. 

From Trinity Church, New York, the Reverend Abraham 
Beach, Reverend Benjamin Moore, Honourable James Duane, 
John Alsop, Esquire. 

From St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, Reverend John H. 
Rowland, Paul Micheau, Esquire. 

From St. George's Church, South Hempstead, the Reverend 
Thomas L. Moore, Hendrick Onderdonck, and George Hulett, 
Esquires. 

From Church, Jamaica, Reverend Joshua Bloomer, Daniel 

Kissam, Esquire. 

From Church, Newtown, Mr. Charles Roach. 

From Church, Flushing, Robert Crommelin, Esquire. 

From Brooklyn, Reverend Mr. Wright, Colonel Giles, Mr. 
Joshua Sands. 

From North Castle, Mr. Stephen J. De Lancey. 

From East Chester, Philip Pell, jun., Esquire, Mr. Thomas 
Bartow. 

From Christ Church, Oyster Bay, Mr. Philip Youngs. 

From St. John's Church, Huntington, Mr. John Jones. 

From Trinity Church, Fish-Kills, Mr. Elbert Willet, junior. 

From Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, Mr. Daniel Lefferts. 



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From Philipsburgh, Augustus Van Cortlandt, and Israel Ho* 
neywell, junior, Esquires. 

From Rye, Peter Jay, and Alexander Hunt, Esquires. 
From New Rochelle, Mr. Theodocius Bartow. 
From St. John's Church, Islip, Mr. Andrew Fowler. 

The members having produced the testimonials of their appoint^ 
ment, proceeded to elect the Right Reverend Samuel Provoost. 
D. D., President, and the Reverend Abraham Beach, Secretary. 

The Right Reverend Bishop Provoost, communicated to the 
Convention testimonials of his consecration, from his Grace the 
Archbishop of Canterbury ; which were read. 

A letter addressed to the Right Reverend the Bishop, by the 
congregation at Balltown, requesting to be recognized by the 
Convention, was read, and approved. 

A letter of the like import, respecting the Episcopal Church 
in Albany, addressed to the Bishop by the Reverend Mr. Elhson, 
their minister, was also read, and approved. 

Mr. Duane, in behalf of the delegates of this Church appointed 
to attend the General Convention held at Wilmington in October 
last, reported the proceedings of the said General Convention ; 
which were read. 

The Committee appointed by the last Convention to consider of, 
and report regulations for the proceedings of the Convention of 
this State, reported the same ; which were ordered to lie on the 
table for the consideration of the members. 

The General Constitution was read, and referred to future con- 
sideration. 

Adjourned to five o'clock P. M. 

The Convention met according to adjournment, and took up the 
consideration of the report of regulations, &c. After some time 
spent therein, adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 



Thursday, June 28th. 

The Convention met according to adjournment ; and resumed 
the consideration of rules and regulations reported by the Com- 



1787.1 OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 15 

mittee ; and having gone through the whole by paragraphs, and 
made several amendments, they unanimously approved oi' them : 
and they are as follows : 

I. There shall be an annual Convention of the Clergy and Lay 
Deputies of the Episcopal congregations, on the first Tuesday in 
November ; and also, such special meetings as the exigencies of 
the Church may require, or the Bishop shall think fit to appoint ; 
of which thnely notice shall be given by the Secretary for the time 
being, to each Clergyman, and to the Churchwardens and Vestry, 
or Trustees of the different congregations ; and the deputies sent, 
shall produce satisfactory testimonials of their being duly elected, 
in order to entitle them to a vote. 

n. At every Convention, the Bishop shall preside ; but in case 
of a vacancy, or necessary absence, the members shall elect a 
President from amongst the Clergy. 

III. The business of every Convention shall be introduced by 
prayers and a sermon ; and the preacher shall be nominated 
by the Bishop. 

IV. In all questions the Clergy and Laity shall vote separately ; 
the Clergy by individuals, and the Laity by congregations ; and a 
majority of both shall be necessary to give validity to every mea- 
sure. And when more than one church or chapel shall be united 
under a single corporation, the representatives of such corporation 
shall be entitled to a distinct vote for each church or chapel. 

V. Every Clergyman who is regularly settled in any congre- 
gation in this State, shall be a member of this Convention, 
ex officio. 

VI. When the Episcopate becomes vacant by the death or re- 
moval of the Bishop, the Convention shall be called by a Standing 
Committee appointed for that purpose, and proceed to a new elec- 
tion. And sufficient testimonials shall be given by the Convention, 
to the Bishop elect, in order that he may obtain consecration. In 
this, and every other instance that relates to the appointment of 
Officers, and Committees, the votes shall be given by ballot. 

VII. Every candidate for Holy Orders, who means to settle in 
this State, shall make known to the Bishop his intentions, at least 
six months before ordination ; to the end that an opportunity may 
be given to inquire into his character, life, and conversation. 

Vin. Every candidate for Holy Orders shall produce to the 
Bishop when he applies for ordination, the credentials required in 
the tenth article of the General Constitution ; and be able to trans- 
late the Greek Testament into Latin or English, and express his 
sentiments in Latin, on any given subject of divinity. 

IX. Besides the above mentioned qualifications, every candidate 
for Holy Orders shall produce to the Bishop a recommendation 
from the Convention, signed by the Secretary. 



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X. Every person ordained a deacon for this State, shall be em- 
ployed, for at least six months before he is admitted into priest's 
orders, in executing his office among congregations destitute of a 
minister, or such other as the Bishop shall appoint. And no per- 
son shall be ordained a Priest unless he hath such provision made 
for his support as shall be approved by the Bishop. 

XL Every candidate for the order of Deacon, shall be of the 
full age of twenty-one years ; and for the office of a Priest, of 
twenty -four years ; of which the Bishop shall be satisfied by suffi- 
cient testimonials. 

XII. The Bishop shall confine the exercise of his Episcopal of- 
fice to his proper jurisdiction ; unless requested to ordain or con- 
firm by any church destitute of a Bishop, in union with the Gene- 
ral Convention of this Church. 

XIII. No clergyman who is settled in any congregation in this 
State, shall remove to another parish without permission first ob- 
tained from the Bishop ; provided, that such clergyman shall be 
allowed an appeal to this Convention, in case of refusal. 

XIV. Every clergyman who is regularly settled in this State, 
shall, on the next Sunday after Easter in every year, preach a 
sermon to his congregation, on the duties which are peculiarly 
Episcopal ; in which he shall lay before the people the propriety 
and necessity of supporting the Episcopal office with becoming 
dignity, by their voluntary contributions. And the collections 
which are at this time made, shall be deposited in the hands of 
the Corporation of Trinity Church in the City of New York ; 
and the disposal of the same shall be left entirely under the direc- 
tion of this Convention, so as in the most effectual manner to de- 
fray the extraordinary expense which the Bishop may incur by 
his visitations of the churches ; and to establish a fund for the 
better support of the Episcopate in this State. 

XV. In case of a complaint made to this Convention against 
any Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, of such a nature as to require a 
trial, all the proceedings shall be taken in writing. If the accused 
be found guilty, the penalties shall be admonition, suspension, or 
deprivation of office, according to the degree of the offence. — 
Suspension not to be longer than one year ; and in case of depri- 
vation of office, an appeal may be made to the General Conven- 
tion ; but when lesser penalties are adjudged, the sentence of this 
State Convention shall be final. 

XVI. The Bishop shall, at least once in three years, make a 
general visitation of the churches within his own proper jurisdic- 
tion, for the purposes of examining the state of his Church, in- 
specting the behaviour of the Clergy, and administering the office of 
Confirmation. 



1787.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 17 

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed, with power to call 
a special Convention, should the Episcopate become vacant by the 
death or removal of the Bishop: — Whereupon the Reverend 
Joshua Bloomer, the Reverend Benjamin Moore, the Reverend 
Abraham Beach, the Honourable James Duane, the Honourable 
John Jay, and John Alsop, Esquire, were electeil by ballot. 

Resolved, That the same gentlemen be a Standing Committee to 
advise with the Bishop in all matters in which he may think propej- 
to consult them. 

Resolved, That it be the business of the aforesaid Standing Com- 
mittee, to inquire into the state of the property belonging to the 
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, &c., within this State, 
and of any other property to which the Church may have a just 
claim ; and to devise the most effectual means for securing the 
same to this Church. 

Resolved, That three Clerical and three Lay Deputies, be ap- 
pointed to represent this Church in the General Convention, w^hen- 
ever the Committee appomted for that purpose, shall think proper 
to call one : — Whereupon the Reverend Mr. B. Moore, the Reve- 
rend Mr. Bloomer, and the Reverend Mr. Wright, of the Clergy ; 
the Honourable Mr. Duane, the Honourable Mr. Jay, and Mr. 
Theodosius Bartow, of the Laity, were duly elected. 

The consideration of the General Constitution was resumed, and 
the eight first articles approved of by the last Convention were 
again ratified, with the following addition to the sixth article, viz.: 
aJFter the last word, Bishop, add, in imioji with the General Con- 
vention of this Church. 

On reading the ninth article, it was ordered, on motion of Mr. 
Duane, seconded by Mr. Alsop, that until further provision be 
made by the General Convention, the respective congregations of 
this Church be at liberty to use the New Form of Prayer, or tlu* 
Old, as they respectively may think proper. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 



Friday, June 29th. 

The Convention met according to adjournment, and proceeded 
to the house of the Right Reverend Bishop Provoost ; and being 
joined by him, returned to St. Paul's Chapel, in the following 
order : Charity Scholars, — Members of the Church, — Gentlemen 
of the Vestry of Trinity Church, — Lay Delegates of the Con- 



IS JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1787,. 

vention, — the Bishop and Clergy. On entering the chapel, an 
anthem suitable to the occasion, was sung by the Charity Scho- 
lars ; the Morning Service was then read by the Reverend Mr., 
Rowland ; after which the Convention assembling in the front 
of the desk, the Secretary, in their name addressed the Bishop 
as follows : — 

RIGHT REVEREND SIR, 

We, the Clergy and Laity, representatives of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church, now assembled in Convention, beg leave to 
address you on this solemn occasion, with sentiments of duty and 
unfeigned respect. 

After having successfully accomplished the great object which 
you had in view, we congratulate you on your return to your 
native city, safe from the hazards of a long and tempestuous 
voyage, and in a great measure restored to health from a painful 
and dangerous illness. 

While we express in terms of the warmest gratitude, the high 
obligations we are under to the English Bishops for their pater- 
nal interposition in our favour, we beg leave to present to you 
our hearty thanks for your compliance with our desires; and thus 
through many difficulties and sufferings, rendering our Church 
complete in all its parts. 

This propitious event, so long and ardently wished for, forms 
an important era in the history of our Church I We are now 
by Divine providence placed in such a situation, that a regular 
succession of the ministry may be continued to us and our pos- 
terity, without being reduced to the necessity of applying to a 
distant land ! 

Justly reposing the highest confidence in your integrity and 
piety, your love of peace and order, and in your unremitted en- 
deavours for the advancement of true religion and virtue, we 
rejoice that the distinguished honour of filhng one of the first 
Episcopal chairs in these United States, hath been conferred on 
a character so truly estimable ; and we trust, that we, and those 
whom we represent, shall never fail to render you all due support, 
respect, and reverence. 

May it graciously please the Almighty Ruler of the universe, 
so to bless your ministrations, that a firm foundation may be laid 
for the peace and prosperity of our Church, which shall remain 
unshaken to the latest ages. And may you. Right Reverend Sir, 
long continue in the discharge of your sacred office, an example 
for our imitation, and an ornament to our holy religion ; and may 
we, and all those committed to your pastoral charge, derive from 
your ministrations a benefit which will be of everlasting duration : 
so that when we are called to answer for our actions, we may 



1787.] OF TliE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 19 

give an account with joy ; and remain for ever one flock, under 
one shepherd Jesus Chkist, the Bishop of our souls. 

THE BISHOP'S ANSWTilR. 
UEVKKEND AND MOST DEARLY UELOVED, 

This affectionate address, your obhging congratulations on my 
return to my native city, and on the recovery of my health, and 
above all your assurances of support in my ministrations, I receive 
'\vith the utmost satisfaction and thankfulness. 

The object of my late mission being the independence of our 
Church, and a regular succession of the ministry, was of such 
magnitude, that its happy accomplishment cannot fail of inspiring 
all its members with the highest gratitude to Almighty God, and 
to all who under Him, have by their good offices contributed to 
its success. To the English Bishops particularly, we are under 
indelible obligations, and I cordially unite with you in a public 
testimony of their benevolent and paternal exertions in our favour. 
Whenever we shall reflect on this important era in the history 
of our Church, they must be remembered with honour and rever- 
ence. 

Let us, my beloved friends, zealously strive to make due im- 
provement of the spiritual privileges which we now enjoy. Let 
our faith be sincere, and our lives unblemished, as our doctrine 
and worship are pure and holy, and God will continue to shower 
down His blessings upon us and our Church, with a bountiful 
hand. 

May you, my Reverend Brethren, aided by His gracious Spirit, 
continue to be watchful shepherds of the flocks committed to 
your charge, and maintain the doctrines and discipline of this 
excellent Church, with constancy and zeal; and at the same 
time with candour towards those who differ from us in religious 
opinions, that our moderation may be made manifest, and we 
may joyfully contribute to that peace, and love, and charity, 
which are so strongly enforced in the Gospel of our blessed 
Redeemer. 

Deeply sensible of my own imperfections, I feel with solicitude 
the weight of the important office to which I am consecrated. I 
rely only on the grace of God, to enable me to discharge my 
pastoral duties with fidelity, to be instrumental in promoting true 
religion and virtue, in governing this Church in peace and unani- 
mity, and laying a sure foundation for its lasting prosperity ; that 
thus, through His divine protection, your expectation of my use- 
fulness, may not be dissapointed. 

And, now unto God's gracious mercy and protection I commit 
you ; the Lord bless you and keep you ! the Lord make His face 



20 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1787, 

to shine upon you ! the Lord hft up His countenance upon you, 
and give you peace both now and evermore 1 

The Convention again resumed the consideration of the General 
Constitution ; and after some time spent therein, approved of the 
tenth and eleventh articles of it. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the regulation nov^ estabhshed for the admission 
of candidates for Holy Orders, take place on the first Tuesday in 
November next. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the Reverend Mr. B. Moore, and the Reverend 
Mr. Beach, be a Committee to publish the minutes of this Con- 
vention from the twenty-second of June, 1785, to the present 
time; together with the form of incorporating churches, pre- 
scribed by a late act of the Legislature ; and to furnish copies 
thereof to the several congregations within the State. 

The Convention adjourned to the first Tuesday in November 
next ; then to meet in St. Paul's Chapel, in the City of New York. 



FORM OF A CERTIFICATE 

OF THE APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES FOB. A CHURCH ; 

Pursuant to a late act of the Legislature. 

We the subscribers, two of the Churchwardens (or two of the 
Vestrymen, of the church in the city or town, as the case may be) 
do hereby certify, that the members of the said church, having 
been this day duly convened agreeably to, and for the purposes 
mentioned in an act of the Legislature of the State of New York, 
passed the sixth day of April, 1784, entitled, " An act to enable 
all the religious denominations in this State to appoint Trustees, 
who shall be a body corporate, for the purpose of taking care of 
the temporalities of their respective congregations ; and for other 
purposes therein mentioned ;" did, in pursuance of the said act, 
proceed to the election of the said Trustees ; and that upon the 
votes of the said members being taken, the following persons 
were, by a plurality of voices, elected to that office ; namely, 
[here take in the names of the Trustees elect.] 

And we do hereby further certify, that it was then and there 
unanimously agreed, that the style and name by which the said 



1787.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 21 

Trustees and their successors should be hereafter known, sliould 
be by the style and name of " The Corporation of [liere take in 
the name of the corporation.] 

In witness whereof, we the said Churchwardens (or Vestrymen, 
as the case may be) have hereunto set our hands and seals, this 
day of in the year of our Loiin, 

one thousand seven hundred and 



Signed and Sealed } 
in the presence of \ 


A. B. 


L. S. 


C. D. 


L. S. 


A. B. 






C. D. 







DIRECTIONS IN ORDER TO CONFORM TO THE LAW. 

I. This certificate being executed in the presence of two wit- 
nesses, must be acknowledged or proved in the manner deeds are 
acknowledged or proved before the Chancellor or Judge of the 
Supreme Court, or one of the Judges of the Inferior Court of 
Common Pleas for the county, and be forthwith recorded by the 
Clerk of the county. 

II. The Trustees cannot be less than three, nor more than nine 
in number. 

III. The manner of their election must be carefully attended to, 
i. €., all the male persons of full age belonging to the congrega- 
tion, have a right to vote ; and to assemble for that purpose at 
the place where they statedly attend for Divine worship. 

IV. The Minister, or in case of a vacancy, the Churchwardens 

or Vestrymen, and for want of such officers, any member of the 

congregation, shall publicly notify the time and place where the 

election shall be held, at least fifteen days before the election, for 

two successive Sabbaths preceding the same ; and at the day of 

election the two Churchwardens shall preside ; and in case of 

fheir absence, two of the Vestrymen ; and if there be no such 

officers, the congreffation shall elect two of their members to hold 

• • • 1 i. 

the said election. The persons presidmg, to receive the votes, 

and to judge of the qualification of the electors ; and to be the 

returning officers. 

V. The first Trustees are to continue in office for three years ; 
and immediately after the first election, to be divided by lot into 
three classes, 1, 2, and 3, and the seats of the members of the 
first class become vacant at the end of the first year; of the 
second, at the expiration of the second year ; and of the third, at 
the expiration of the third year; so that the third ^part of the 
whole, as nearly as possible, may be annually chosen. 



22 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1787. 

VI. In order to preserve the succession, the Trustees are to 
notify the members, or (in case of vacancy) the Churchwardens, 
the names of the Trustees whose office is about expiring, at least 
one month before its determination ; who shall publish the same 
to the congregation, and appoint the time and place for the elec- 
tion of new Trustees to jfill up the vacancy : which election must 
be held at least six days before such vacancies shall from time 
to time happen. And in all such cases, the Churchwardens, or if 
they are absent, two of the Vestrymen shall preside, receive the 
votes of the electors, judge of their qualifications, and be the re- 
turning officers; and a certificate under their hands and seals, 
will entitle the persons so to be elected to take their seats at the 
board of Trustees. 

VII. The Trustees, by the provisions of this law, upon record- 
ing the certificate first mentioned, become a body corporate, with 
full power to have a common seal ; to possess and manage the 
temporalities of the Church, and to hold and enjoy estates for the 
benefit thereof, to the yearly value of twelve hundred pounds. 



FIFTH G O iNi V E N T 1 O N' 



PROCEEDINGS 



OF A 



CONVENTION 



OF 



THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN Tl'E STATU OP NEW YORK ; 
HELD IN ST. PAUL'S CHAPKL, IN THE CITY OF NITW TOKK, 

On Tuesday, 6th of November, 1787- 



2rf)c follotoins eSfentkmcn IDvcscnt : 

The Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church in the State of New York, and Rector of 
Trinity Church, in the said city. 

Rev. Mr. Beach, Assistaint Minister of Trinity Church, New 
York. 

Rev. Mr. B. Moore, Assistant Minister of said church. 

Rev. Mr. Bloomer, Rector of Grace Church, at Jamaica ; of 
St James' at Newtow^n ; and St George's, at Flushing. 
- Rev. Thomas L. Moore, Rector of St. George's, Church South 
Hempstead. 

Rev. j\In Rowland, Rector of St. Andrew'^s Church, Staten 
Island. 

Rev. Richard C. Moore, Rector of the Episcopal Churches at 
Rye and White Plains. 

Rev. Mr. Wright, Rector of the Episcopal Church, Brooklyn. 

The above are members of the Convenfion, ex officio. 

Hon. James Duane, Hon. John Jay, Mr. John Alsop, and Mr. 
Moses Rogers, New York. 

Daniel Kissam, Esq., and Mr. ChrifStopher Smith, Jamaica. 
Mr. Charles Roach, Newtown. 
Mr. Robert Crommelin, Flushing. 



24 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1787. 

Dr. Samuel Martin, Mr. Henry Onderdonk, and Mr. John La- 
tliam, South Hempstead. 

Paul Micheau, Esq., Staten Island. 

Augustus Van Cortlandt, Mr. Israel Honeywell, and Mr. Johrx 
Parner, Philipsburgh. 

Mr. Alexander llunt, and Mr. Jonathan Worton, Rye and 
White Plains. 

Mr. William Emott, Poughkeepsie. 

Mr. John G. Wright, and Mr. Isaac Ward, East Chester. 

Mr. John Van Nostrand, and Joshua Sands, Esq., Brooklyn. 

Mr. Joseph Purdy, Upper Salem, 

Mr. Stephen I. De Lancey, North Castle and Bedford. 

Prayers were read by the Rev. Mr. Beach, and a sermon was 
preached by the Rev. Mr. Rowland. 

The Lay Delegates then produced testimonials of their respec- 
tive appointments, which were read, and approved. 

The Rev. Benjamin Moore w^as elected Secretaiy. 

The minutes of the last Convention were read, and approved.- 

The Right Rev. Dr. Provoost expressed his satisfaction to the- 
Convention, on account of the increasing state of the Church, 
and informed them. That he had ordained several persons — That 
he had lately made a visitation of several churches on Long Island,, 
for the purpose of Confirmation ; and hoped that the other churches 
here represented would be equally prepared for the reception of 
that sacred rite, as he intended to visit them next spring. 

Adjourned until to-morrow morning, 10 o'clock. 



Wednesday, November 7th, 1787. 

Convention met according to adjourrmaent- 

The Rev. Mr. Bloomer read prayers. 

Theodosius Bartow and Isaac Besly took their seats as repre- 
sentatives of tha church in New Rochelle. 

Mr. Gadne's accoimt for printing the Journals of forme? Con- 
tentions was presented, and referred to a Committee, consisting 
of one member from every congregation. The members of this 
Committee discharged the account j and recommended, that in 



1787.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 25 

future, a collection be made when the sermon is preached at every 
annual Convention ; and the sums so collected to be expended in 
defraying any expenses of the Convention which may hereafter 
arise. 

Resolved, That the Committees which were appointed the last 
year, be continued the ensuing year, viz. : The Committees ap- 
pointed to call a special Convention should the Episcopate become 
vacant by the death or removal of the Bishop, — 

To advise with the Bishop in all matters in which he may think 
proper to consult them, — 

To inquire into the state of the property belonging to the 
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, and any other property 
to which the Church may have a just claim. 

Convention adjourned, sine die. 



SIXTH CONVENTION. 



PROCEEDINGS 



OF A 

CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 
HELD IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

On Tuesday, Nov., 4th 1788. 



2r])c foHotoins ©fcntlcmen X^vtseni : 

The Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church in the State of New York, and Rector of 
Trinity Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Mr. Beach, Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New 
York. 

Rev. Mr. B. Moore, Assistant Minister of said church. 

Rev. Mr. Bloomer, Rector of Grace Church, at Jamaica ; of 
St. James' at Newtown ; and St. George's at Flushing. 

Rev. Thomas L. Moore, Rector of St. George's Church, at 
South Hempstead. 

Rev. Mr. Wright, Rector of the Episcopal Church, Brooklyn. 

The above are members of the Convention, ex officio. 

Hon. James Duane, Hon. John Jay, Hon. William Samuel 
Johnson, Mr. Moses Rogers, Mr. William Laight, Richard Harison, 
Robert Watts, and Nicholas Cruger, Esquires, New York. 

Mr. Shadrach Kelly, Brookhaven. 

Mr. Isaac Youngs, Huntington. 

Mr. David Jones, and Mr. Philip Youngs, Oyster Bay. 

Dr. Samuel Martin, Samuel Carman, Andrew Onderdonk, and 
Daniel Kissam, Esquires, South Hempstead. 



1788.] JOURNAL OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. 27 

Mr. Cristopher Smith, and Daniel Kissam, Esq., Jamaica. 

Mr. Robert Crommelin, Flushinf^. 

Richard Alsop, Esq., and Mr. Charles Roach, Newtown. 

Aquila Giles, Esq., Mr. John Carpender, and Mr. John Middagh, 
Brooklyn. 

Augustus Van Cortlandt, Esq., Philipsburgh. 

Mr. Theodosius Bartow, and Mr. Paul Parcutt, New Rochelle. 

Cadwallader Golden, Esq., Mr. Justus Banks, and Mr. James 
G. Graham, St. Andrews, Ulster county. 

Prayers were read, and a sermon was preached by the Rev. 
Mr. Bloomer. 

The Lay Delegates then produced testimonials of their respec- 
tive appointments, which were read, and ajDproved. 

The Rev. Mr. B. Moore was elected Secretary. 

A letter from some of the members of the church at New 
Rochelle, addressed to the Right Rev. Dr. Provoost, recommend- 
ing Mr. Theodosius Bartow for Holy Orders, was read, and referred 
to future consideration. 

The Convention adjourned until to-morrow, at half-past 10 
o'clock. 



Wednesday, November 5th, 1788. 
Convention met according to adjournment. 

The minutes of the last annual Convention, and of yesterday, 
were read, and approved. 

The Delegates to this Convention from Albany and Staten 
Island, produced their testimonials, when the following gentlemen 
were found to be duly authorized to represent their respective 
congregations : — 

Rev. Mr. Ellison, John Taylor, Esq., Mr. Daniel Hale, James 
Fairlie, Esq., and Mr. Jacob Vander Heyden, Albany. 

Rev. Richard C. Moore, Paul Micheau, Esq., and Mr. Laurence 
Hi] Iyer, Staten Island. 

The thanks of the Convention were given to the Rev. Mr. 
Bloomer, for his sermon preached before them yesterday. 

The Right Rev. Dr. Provoost expressed his satisfaction to the 



28 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1788. 

Convention, upon the prospect of the increasing prosperity of the 
Church in this State : — informed them, that he had ordained several 
persons in the course of the last year : — that he had hitherto been 
prevented, by a multiplicity of other business, from visiting the 
congregations in distant parts of the State ; but hoped that he 
should be able, before the next Convention, to carry his intention, 
with respect to the visitation of his Diocese, into complete execu- 
tion. 

A letter from the church at Balltown was read by the Bishop ; 
the purport of which was to solicit aid towards erecting a house 
for public worship in that place ; and a subscription was opened 
for that purpose. 

A request was made by the representatives of the congrega- 
tions at Brookhaven, Huntington, and Oyster Bay, that this Con- 
vention would recommend Mr. Fowler to the Bishop for Holy 
Orders : and the same being taken into consideration -, it was 

Resolved, That Mr. Fowler be accordingly recommended to the 
Bishop for Ordination : provided, That upon examination he be 
found properly quahfied, both with respect to his literary abilities 
and moral character. 

The request from the church at New Rochelle, respecting Mr. 
Bartow's ordination, was taken into consideration ; upon which 
Mr. Bartow was desired to withdraw, and the Convention came 
to the following resolutions : — 

Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be returned to 
Mr. Bartow, for his services as a Reader in the Episcopal Church 
at New Rochelle — That the Convention consider him as eminent- 
ly useful to the Church in that situation, and wish him to continue 
therein. And as they have the highest sense of his zeal for reH- 
gion, and great respect for his moral character, they would recom- 
mend his application to such studies as may qualify him for Holy 
Orders, in conformity to the Constitution of the Church. — And 
that a copy of these resolutions be delivered to Mr. Bartow by 
the Secretary, in testimony of the approbation of this Conven- 
tion. 

Upon motion of Mr. Harison, seconded by Mr. Rogers, it was 
unanimously 

Resolved, That it is highly necessary, in the opinion of this 
Convention, that measures should be pursued to preserve the 
Episcopal succession in the English line, and. 

Resolved also, That the union of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church, in the United States of America, is of great importance, 



1788.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 28 

and much to be desired ; and that the Delegates of this State, in 
the next General Convention, be instructed to promote that union 
by every prudent measure, consistent with the Constitution of the 
Church, and the continuance of the Episcopal succession in the 
English hne. 

It was declared to be the sense of this Convention, that it will 
not be necessary for Mr. Bartow to make any future application 
for a recommendation from the Convention ; but that it shall 
be left with the Bishop to determine upon his quahfications for 
Holy Orders. 

Adjourned to 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. 

Thursday, November 6th, 1788. 

Convention met according to adjourrmient. 
Prayers were read by the Rev. Thomas Moore. • 
Minutes of yesterday were read, and approved. 

Upon motion of the Rev. Mr. Ellison, seconded by the Rev. 
Benjamin Moore, 

Resolved, That the Bishop's Council of Advice be composed 
of the Clergy, and that he be requested to call on those Clergy- 
men, whom he may consult with most convenience to himself, 
in matters w^hich relate to the spiritual concerns of the Church. 

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to inquire into the 
state of the property belonging to the Society for the Propagation 
of the Gospel, &c., w-ithin this State, and of any other property 
to which the Church may have a just claim ; and to devise the 
most effectual means for securing the same to the Church. — That 
this Committee consist of six members. Whereupon the follow- 
ing gentlemen were appointed : 

The Rev. Mr. Bloomer, the Rev. Mr. Beach, the Rev. Mr. 
Benjamin Moore, the Hon. James Duane, the Hon. John Jay, 
and Richard Harison, Esq. 

Resolved, That eight Delegates be appointed to represent this 
Church in the General Convention. 

Upon taking the ballots, the following gentlemen were found 
to be duly elected : — 

The Rev. Mr. Bloomer, Rev. Mr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Benjamin 



30 JOURNALS OF THE CONTENTIONS, ETC. [1788. 

Moore, Rev. Mr. Ellison, Hon. James Duane, Richard Karison, 
Aquila Giles, Esq's, and Mr. Moses Rogers. 

Mr. Cooper was recommended for Holy Orders, provided, That 
upon examination, he be found by the Bishop to be properly 
qualified. 

Resolved, That the money collected in the churches, agreeably 
to the 14th article of our rules and regulations, be delivered to 
the Secretary of this Convention ', who is hereby directed to 
deposit the same in the hands of the Treasurer of the Corporation 
of Trinity Church, and take his receipt. 



SEVENTH CONVENTION. 



PROCEEDINGS 

OF A 

CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 
HELD IN ST. PAUL'S CHAPEL, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

On Tuesday, 3d of November, 1789. 



Ei)c follotoi'na CJcntlcmen ^I'^cscnt : 

The Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, D. D., Bishop of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church in the State of New York, and Rector 
of Trinity Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., Assistant Minister of said church. 

Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Assistant Minister of said church. 

Rev. Mr. Bloomer, Rector of Grace Church, at Jamaica; of St. 
.James', at Newtown ; and St. George's at Flushing. 

Rev. Thomas L. Moore, Rector of St. George's Church, South 
Hempstead. 

Rev. Mr. Ellison, Rector of St. Peter's Church, at Albany. 

Rev. Mr. Van Dyke, Rector of Christ Church, at Poughkeepsie ; 
and of Trinity Church, at Fishkill. 

Rev. Richard C. Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Staten 
Island. 

Rev. Mr. Cooper, Rector of the Episcopal Church, at Philips- 
burgh. 

The above are members of the Convention, ex officio. 

Richard Harison, Esq., Mr. Moses Rogers, and Mr. William 
Laight, New York. 

Joshua Sands, Aqj^ila Giles, Esq's, and Mr. John Van Nostrand, 
Brooklyn. 



32 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1789, 

Daniel Kissain, Esq., and Mr. John Troup, Jamaica. 
Mr. John Davis, Poughkeepsie. 
Mr. Peter Mesier, Fishkill. 
Mr. Robert Crommelin, Fhishlng. 

Mr. Charles Haight, and Mr. Daniel Smith, North Castle. 
Philip Pell, and Thomas Bartow, Esq's, East Chester. 
Mr. David Titus, Newtown. 

Paul Micheau, and John C. Dongan, Esq's, Richmond. 
Mr. John Jones, Huntington. 

Mr. Lewis Pintard, and Mr. Isaac Besly, New Rochelle. 
Dr. Samuel Martin, Mr. Richard Thorne, and Mr. George 
Hulett, South Hempstead. 
Mr. John Hulett, Oyster Bay. 

Prayers were read ; and a sermon was preached before the 
Convention, by the Rev. Thomas L. Moore. 

The gentlemen who appeared to represent the several congre- 
gations, as above, produced their credentials, which were severally 
read, and approved. 

The Rev. Abraham Beach was chosen Secretary. 

Convention adjourned to meet at the Charity School House 
to-morrow morning, 11 o'clock. 



Wednesday, November 4th, 1789. 

The Convention met according to adjournment. 

Prayers were read. 

The Rev. Mr. Wright appeared, and took his seat in Conven* 
tion. 

On motion of Rev Mr. Ellison, seconded by Rev. Dr. Moore, 
Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be given to the 
Rev. Mr. Thomas L. Moore, for his sermon preached before them 
^yesterday, at St. Paul's Chapel ; and that he be requested to 
publish the same. 

The Right Pccv. Dr. Provoost laid before the Convention, an 
extract from the Will of Mr. Fisher, late of Bristol, in Great 
Britain, respecting a legacy left by him to an American Episco- 
pate, which was read, and referred to the Standing Committee. 

Rev. Dr. Moore, from the Committee a|>pointed by the last 
Convention, to inquire into the situation of the property within 



1789.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 33 

this State belon^in^ to the Society for the Propagation of the 
Gospel in Foreign Parts, 

Reported, That there is a tract of land belonging to the Society, 
at Fort Hunter, in possession of Mr. William Harpur, which, with 
their other property in the State, the Committee had requested the 
Society, by letter, to convey to the corporation of Trinity Church, 
in the City of New York, in trust, to be disposed of to such con- 
gregations within this State, as this Convention may judge most 
to stand in need of assistance. To which request, no answer hath, 
as yet, been received. 

The Convention approved of the report. 

A letter from the Rev. Mr. Ellison, of Albany, giving an 
account of the particular circumstances of the church in Johnstown, 
was laid before the Convefttion, by the Bishop ; which was read, 
and referred to the Standing Committee. 

Testimonials in favour of Mr. William Hammel, of Hackensack, 
being produced and read ; 

On motion of Dr. Moore, 

Resolved, That the Bishop be requested to ordain Mr. Ham- 
mel ; provided, he shall be found, upon examination, to be duly 
qualified. 

The Journal of the General Convention, held at Philadelphia, 
from. July 28th to August 8th, inclusive, was read; and the 
Delegates from this State gave a verbal account of the proceed- 
ings of the adjourned General Convention, held at Philadelphia, 
from the 29th of September to 16th of October last ; whereupon 
Mr. Harison moved the following resolution, viz. : 

Resolved, That this Convention do approve of, and consider 
the Church in this State as bound by the Constitution lately 
adopted by the General Convention at Philadelphia. 

On the question, whether the Convention adopt the resolution, 
it was unanimously carried in the affirmative. 

On motion of Mr. Pintard, the Convention took into considera- 
tion the case of Mr. Theodosius Bartow, of New Rochelle, who, 
from a zeal to serve the Church, has regularly officiated as a 
reader in that place, for the last five years, to the general satisfac- 
tion of the congregation ; and who is desirous of entering into 
Holy Orders. 

Whereupon, the Convention taking into consideration his uni- 
versally approved moral character — the earnest desire of the 



34 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [17^9- 

congregation at NewRochelle — and the great prospect of his being 
eminently useful to the people, 

Resolved, That he be recommended to the Bishop for Holy 
Orders. 

Adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. 



Thursday, November 5th, 1789. 

Convention met according to adjournment. 

Cadwallader Golden, Esq., produced his credentials, as Delegate 
from St. Andrew's Church, in Ulster County, which were read, 
and approved ; and he accordingly took his seat in Convention. 

Rev. Mr. Fowler, of Huntington, appeared, and took his seat 
in Convention. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That Mr. William Laight be added to the Committee 
appointed to inquire into the situation of the property within this 
State belonging to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel 
in Foreign Parts, and of any other property to which the Church 
may have just claim ; and to df^vise the most effectual means for 
preserving the same to this church. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the same Committee be authorized to discharge 
the duties required by the sixth article of the rules and regulations 
of this Convention; and also the duties required by the sixth 
canon. 

Resolved, That there be a Delegation, consisting of four Cler- 
gymen and four Laymen, to represent the Church in any General 
Convention that may be called before the next annual meeting of 
this Convention. 

Whereupon, the following gentlemen were duly elected, viz. : 
Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Mr. Bloomer, Rev. 

Thomas Moore, of the Clergy ; and Richard Harison, Esq., Mr. 

William Laight, Dr. Samuel Martin, and Mr. Daniel Hale, of the 

Laity. 

Adjourned, dne die 



5: 1 G JI T H CONVENTION. 



AT A 

CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EriSCOl'AL CHUKCH, 

mra.E INTKINITY CIIUUCH, IN THE CITY Ol' MCW YORK, 

■On Tuesday, 2d of November, 17S0. 



Mt)e {olloiuins dJciitlcracii JSvescnt : 

The Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York, and Rector of 
Trinity Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., Assistant Minister of said church. 

Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Assistant Minister of said church. 

Rev. Mr. Spierin, Rector of St. Andrew's, Ulster county; and 
the Episcopal Church at Wallkill. 

Rev. Mr. Cooper, Rector of the Episcopal Church, at Philips- 
•burgh. 

Rev. Mr. Fowler, Rector of Christ Church, Oyster Bay. 

Rev. Mr. Bartow, Rector of Trinity Cliurch, NewRochelle. 

Rev. Mr. Rattoone, Minister of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn. 

Rev. Mr. Hammel, Rector of Grace Church, at Jamaica ; o1 
■St. James', at Newtown ; and St. George's, at Flushing. 

Tlie above are members of the Convention, ex officio. 

Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen, and Mr. George Warner, New 
York. 

Aquila Giles, Esq., Mr. John Carpender, and Mr. John Cornell. 
Brooklyn. 

Paul Micheau, Esq., and Mr. Peter Mersereau, Staten Island. 

Mr. Thomas Brown, and Mr. Jolin Faulkener, Rye and White 
Plains, 



30 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1790. 

Augustus Van Cortlandt, Esq., and Mr. Ver Millie, Philips^* 
burgh. 

Francis Lewis, Esq., and Mr. Robert Crommelin, Flushing. 

Mr. Isaac Besly, and Mr. Guidon, New Rochelle. 

Mr. Daniel Smith, North Castle and Bedford. 

Dr. Samuel Martin, Mr. Benjamin Hulett, and Mr. Andrew 
Onderdonk, South Hempstead. 

Mr. Uniterhill, and Elisha Shute, East Chester. 

Mr. David Titus, Newtown. 

Mr. Christopher Smith, Jamaica. 

Dr. Joseph Brown, West Chester. 

Mr. William Emmot, and Mr. Ebenezer Badger, Poughkeepsre. 

Mr. James Bramble, Newburgh. 

Mr. John Hewlett, and Mr. John Jones, Oyster Bay. 

Prayers were read, and a sermon was preached before the 
Convention, by the Rev. Dr. Moore. 

The gentlemen appointed to represent the several congrega-- 
tions, as above, produced their credentials ; which were read, and 
approved. 

The Rev. Abraha:m Beach, was chosen Secretary. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That clergymen residing in this State, and having no 
cures therein, may be elected, by this Convention, as members ; 
and that this election shall be by ballot. 

The Rev. Dr. Leaming, and the Rev. Mr. Nesbit, were elected 
members of this Convention. 

Adjourned until to-morrow, half after 11 ©''clock, to meet at 
the Charity School House. 



Wednesday, November 3d, 1790. 
Convention met according to adjournment 
The Rev. Mr. Cooper read prayers- 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be given to the 
Rev. Dr. Moore, for his sermon preached before them yesterday ; 
and that he be requested to publish the same. 

The Rev. Dr. Leaming, Rev. Thomas Moore, Rev. Mr. Nesbit^ 



3790.] OF THK DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 37 

^aacl the Rev. Richard Moore, appeared, and took their seats in 
Convention. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the Convention proceed to the election of the 
Standing Committee for the ensuing year : 

And on examination of the ballots, the following gentlemen 
appeared to be duly chosen ; Rev. Dr. iMoor<', Rev. l)r. Beach, 
Rev. Dr. Learning, Rev. Thomas iSIoore, Hon. James Duane, 
Richard Harison, Esq., and Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the ministers and Churchwardens, or Trustees, 
(and in parishes which have no ministers, the Churchwardens 
only) shall bring, or cause to be transmitted to the Bishop, at 
every annual Convention, information of the state of their respec- 
tive congregations, under such heatls, as have been, or shall be 
required of them. 

Dr. Moore, from the Committee appointed to inquire into the 
situation of the property within this State belonging to the Society 
for the Propagation of the Go'jpel in Foreign Parts, and of any 
other property to which the Church may have just claim ; and to 
-devise the most effectual means for preserving the same to this 
Church ; reported the following answer to a letter that had been 
written to the Secretary of that society, relative to the object of 
their appointment : — 

" Your letter of the 26th September came just in time to allow 
the Society to consent to the proposal of the Convention of the 
Clergy of the State of New York, respecting the surrender of 
their right to the farm at Fort Hunter, to the Corporation of 
Trinity Church, in trust, for the use of such necessitous Episcopal 
•congregations, as may be deemed by them most worthy of charita- 
ble assistance: (for a prior application from the single chiu'ch at 
Albany, to have it granted for their particular use, was then 
under consideration.) But the Society, wilhng that their inten- 
tions for the good of your Church, (once more nearly connected) 
may have eveiy possible advantageous effect, have concluded that 
the conveying of their right to an incorporated society, may be 
most likely to answer the purpose. And ther-efore, I nm directed 
to acquaint you with this determination, and desire you will send 
over a rough draught of such a deed as you shall judge most 
fitting, and the Society wnll return it properly executed." 

Whereupon, 

Resolved, That the Standing Committee be directed to prepare 
a draught of a deed for the farm at Fort Hunter, and transmit the 



38 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [179Ct 

same to the Society, agreeably to their request. And likewise; 
to represent to them, that it is the intention of this Convention, t& 
appropriate the income arising from that, or any other property 
the Society may think, fit to invest in the Corporation of Trinity 
Church, for the purposes mentioned in their letter, solely to the 
support of a missionary or missionaries, to visit the vacant con- 
gregations of this State- 

0n motion, 

Resolved, That the Convention proceed to the election of four 
Clerical and four Lay Delegates, to represent the Church in this- 
State, at any General Convention that may be called before the- 
next annual Convention of this State : 

And, on examination of the ballots, the following gentlemen 
appeared to be duly elected, viz. : Rev. Di-. Moore, Rev. Dr.. 
Beach, Rev. Mr. Thomas Moore, and Rev. Mr. Richard Moore,- 
of the Clergy ; and the Hon. James Duane, Richard Harison,. 
Aquila Giles, and Joseph Brown, Esq's, of the Laity. 

The Rev. Mr. Ellison, from Albany, took his seat in Conven- 
tion. 

Resolved, That the Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Dr. Beach, and Dr: 
Joseph Brown, be a Committee to compare the canons of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church, in the United States of America^, 
with the rules and regulations of this Convention — mark any dis- 
agreement there may be between them, and report accordingly.- 

Adjourned until to-morrow morning, 10 o'clock. 



Thursday, November, 4th, 1790.. 
CJonvention met according to adjournment.. 
Prayers were read by the Right Rev. Dr^. Provoost. 
The minutes of yesterday were read,, and approved. 

On motion^, 

Resolved, That the stated annual meeting of this Convention^ 
in future, be on the second Tuesday of October.. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the seventh, eighth, tenth, and eleventh rules, 
and regulations of this State Convention, be rescinded ; being. 



1790.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 39 

superseded by tlie canons of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 
the United States of America. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the sixteenth rule of this Convention remain as 
explanatory of the third canon of the Protestant Episcopal Church 
of the United States of America. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the fourth article of the fifteenth canon of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church, be left to the discretion of the 
minister and his vestry. 

Whereas many respectable members of our Church are alarmed 
at the Articles of our religion not being inserted in our new Book 
of Common Prayer : 

Resolved, That the Articles of the Church of England, as they 
now stand, except such parts thereof as affect the political govern- 
ment of this country, be held in full force and virtue, until a 
further provision is made by the General Convention, agreeably 
to the eighth article of the Constitution of the Protestant Episco- 
pal Church, in the United States. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That donations be solicited for the purpose of sup- 
porting a missionary or missionaries to visit the vacant congrega- 
tions in this State; which donations shall be deposited in the 
hands of the Treasurer of the Convention hereafter to be ap- 
pointed ; and be distributed, from time to time, in such proportions 
as the Standing Committee shall direct. 

Resolved, That the Standing Committee be directed to use 
their endeavours to have the Convention of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Church in this State, incorporated, in such manner as shall 
seem to them most expedient. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That a Treasurer be appointed to this Convention. 

The Convention then proceeded to elect a Treasurer : and on 
examining the ballots, it appeared that Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen 
was duly elected. 

Resolved, That the Treasurer of this Convention do call on the 
Treasurer of Trinity Church, for all the monies in his hands be- 
longing to this Convention : and that the Treasurer of this Con- 
vention be directed to put out the aforesaid monies on interest ; 



40 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1790, 

as also, all the othex' monies which this Convention shall put into 
his hands hereafter ; taking good real estate as a security for the 
same, in trust for the Convention ; and that no monies be paid by 
the Treasurer but by warrant from the Standing, Committee. 

On motion of the Rev. Mr. Hammel, 

Resolved, That the name of Mr. Jackson Sands be entered on. 
the minutes of this Convention as a candidate for Holy Orders. 

On motion of the Rev. Mr. Cooper, 

Resolved, That the name of Mr. Peter Cooper be entered on, 
the minutes of this Convention as a candidate for Holy Orders, 

Adjourned sine die. 



NINTH CONVENTION 



AT A 



CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, CITY OF NEW YORK,. 

On Tuesday, II th day of October, 1791. 



iE|)C follotoinjj CSfentlcmm J3rcsent: 

The Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, D.D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York, and Rector of 
Trinity Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D,, Assistant Minister of said church. 

Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Assistant Minister of said church. 

Rev. Thomas L. Moore, Rector of St. George's Church, South 
Hempstead. 

Rev. Mr. Ellison, Rector of St. Peter's Church, at Albany. 

Rev. Mr. Foote, Rector of the Episcopal Churches at Rye and 
White Plains. 

Rev. Richard C. Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, 
Staten Island. 

Rev. Mr. Cooper, Rector of the Episcopal Church, at Philips- 
burgh. 

Rev. Mr. Hammel, Rector of Grace Church, at Jamaica ; of 
St. James', at Newtown ; and St. George's, at Flushing. 

Rev. Mr. Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New Rochelle.. 

Rev. Mr. Spierin, Rector of St. Andrew's, Ulster county; and 
the Episcopal Church, at Wallkill. 

Rev. Mr. Rattoone, Minister of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn. 

The above are members of the Convention, ex officio. 



42 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1791. 

The Hon. James Duane, Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen, and Mr. 
Robert C. Livingston, City of New York. 

Aquila Giles, Esq., and Mr. John Carpender, Brooklyn. 

Mr. David Titus, Newtown. 

Mr. William Ustick, and Mr. Lambert Moore, Flushing. 

Mr. George Hewlett, Mr. Thomas Clowes, Mr. Andrew Onder- 
donk, and Mr. Thomas Martin, South Hempstead. 

Mr. John Hewlett, and Mr. Peter Walters, East Wood. 

Mr, John Poillon, Staten Island. 

Augustus Van Cortlandt, Esq., Phihpsburgh. 

Mr. Isaac Besly, and Mr. Newberr}' Devenport, New Rochelle. 

Mr. Abraham Vallentine, East Chester. 

Mr. Joseph Brown, West Chester. 

Mr. Samuel ^lar^nn. Rye and White Plains. 

Mr. William Derming, and Mr. Jarvis Dusenburgh, Peekskill 
and Beverly. 

Mr. Daniel Smith, Newcastle and Bedford. 

The Right Rev. Dr. Provoost read prayers, and a sermon was 
preached oy the Rev. Richard C. Moore. 

The Lay Delegates from the different congregations, produced 
their respective credentials, which were examined, and approved. 

The Rev. Ehjah D. Rattoone, was chosen Secretary. 

The Convention received notice from the Bishop, that since 
their last meeting, he had ordained the Rev. Mr. Barber — that 
the Rev. Mr. Foote, the Rev. Mr. Oliver, and the Rev. Mr. 
Blakesly, were added to the number of the Clergy ; and expressed 
his satisfaction upon the increasing prosperity of the Church in 
the northern part of the State. 

Resolved, That the JVotitia Parochiales ; or, Reports of the 
state of the different churches, which shall be transmitted to this 
Convention, agreeably to one of their former directions, shall be 
enrolled upon the minutes. 

Ordered, That Mr. Frederick Van Home, be mentioned on the 
minutes, as a candidate for Holy Orders. 

Convention adjourned till to-morrow morning, half past ten 
o'clock. 

Wednesday, October 12th, 1791. 
Convention met according to adjournment. 
Prayers were read by the Rev. Mr. Cooper. 



1791.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 43 

The minutes of yesterday were read, and approved. 

Daniel Kissam, Esq., Delegate from the church at Jamaica ; 
and Mr. Edward A. Watrous, from Balltovrn, appeared, produced 
their cretlentials, and took their seats, 

Mr. Van Wagenen, Treasurer of the Convention, produced his 
accounts, which were approved ; and the thanks of the Conven- 
were given him for his fidelit}^ and attention to their interest. 

Ordered, That the thanks of the Convention be returned to the 
Kev. Richard C, Moore, for his sermon preached before them 
yesterday. 

The Standing Committee appointed at the last meeting of the 
Convention, 

Reported, That according to order, they had prepared a draught 
of a def A from the Societ}- tor Propagating the Gospel in Foreign 
Parts, lo the Corporation of TrinitA" Chmch, in the City of 'Se\K 
York, for the parsonage and glebe at Fort Hunter, in trust for the 
Convention — that they had transmitted the draught to the Societ)-, 
and expected shortly to have the business completed : and the 
Committee further reported. That on due consideration of the in- 
structio;^ given them, to sohcit a charter for incorporating this 
Convemion, they had considered it not advisable to make an ap- 
plication to the Legislature at the present time. 

Ordered, That a register be made and continued of all the 
Clerg}' now residing in this State, and who may hereafter settle 
therein. [QI/* See page 46^/2.] 

The Convention proceeded to ballot for Delegates to represent 
the churches in this State, at the next General Convention ; and 
the Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev, Dr. Beach, Rev. Thomas Moore, and 
the Rev. Richard Moore, of the Clerg}- ; and the Hon. James 
Duane, Richard Harison, and Aquila Giles, Esq's, and Dr. Samuel 
Martin, of the Laity, were chosen. 

Adjourned till to-morrow morning, half past 10 o'clock. 



Thuksday, Octobee 13th, 1791. 
Convention met according to adjournment. 
Prayers were read by the Rev Mr. Foote. 
The minutes of yesterday were read, and approved. 



44 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1791. 

Mr. Christopher Smith, Delegate from the church at Jamaica, 
appeared, and took his seat. 

The Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Mr. Ellison, Rev. 
Mr. Rattoone, Hon. James Duane, Richard Harison, and Aquila 
Giles, Esq's, were elected the Standing Committee for the year 
ensuing. 

With a view to cany into effect, a resolve of this Convention 
for soliciting donations to support one or more ministers to visit 
occasionally the vacant congregations, this Convention do further 

Resolve, That the Treasurer thereof be directed to transmit 
copies of said resolve to the Vestries, or Trustees of the respective 
Protestant Episcopal churches in this State, informing thera, that 
the Convention have the success of this measure much at heart ; 
conceiving it will greatly promote the interest of the Church, and 
the cause of religion and virtue : and entreating said Vestries or 
Trustees, to exert the best means in their power to give success to 
a plan so laudable, and in the present state of the churches, so 
necessary. And be it further 

Resolved, That the donations which may be given for the pious 
purposes above mentioned, shall be transmitted to the Treasurer 
of the Convention, and be distributed in such proportions as the 
Standing Committee thereof shall direct ; and that their order on 
the Treasurer shall be a sufficient voucher to him 3 any former 
resolve to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen was elected Treasurer. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer of this Convention pay to the 
Bishop, twenty-seven pounds, to defray the expenses incurred by 
him, in his visitation to the several churches in this Stale. 

It being resolved in the last General Convention, that it be 
made known to the several State Conventions, that it is proposed 
to consider and determine, in the next General Convention, on the 
propriety of investing the House of Bishops with a full negative 
on the proceedings of the other House ; it was moved, that this 
Convention do instruct their Delegates to consent to investing the 
House of Bishops with said power. But upon taking the question, 
the Clergy and the Laity being divided in their opinion, the mo- 
tion was consequently lost. 

It was moved and seconded, That this Convention do instruct 
their Delegates to the next General Convention, to vote for re- 
taining the Thirty-nine Articles of religion, as they now stand in 



1791.] OF THE nOCESB OP KEW TQUu 4IK 

tbe old Book of Common Prayer, \ntiM)ut any alteraiioBS, except 
(mly such as are of a political nature. 

Resolved, That this motioQ be deferred for future coosid«a- 
tioo. 

On mclion, 

RiscltctJ, That the proceedings of this Convention, tO£:ether 
with the liiinuies of the several preceding Conventions which re- 
main unpublished, be printed. And the Delegates of the difewit 
ccMigregations here prt^ent. do agree to subscribe for as many 
copies of the same, as to their respective churches, are hereunto 
affixed. 



Church of New York. - . - - 


100 copies. 


Brooklyn. - _ . . 


25 


Jamaica. Newtown, ajid Flushing, 


40 


North and South Hempstead, 


50 


Staten Island, - - - - 


cO 


Yonker?, - - - - 


'25 


New Rochelle, - - - 


l-> 


Rye and While Plains. 


20 


West Chester, - - - - 


20 


Duanesburgh, - - - - 


25 


SchcnectadhF, . - - - 


25 


Albany. - - - - - 


25 


Balltown, _ _ - _ 


25 


Johnstown, and Fort Hunter, 


25 



The Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Dr. Moore, Hon. James Duane, and 
the Secretarj, were appointed a Committee to revise and publish 
the minutes of this, ami the preceding Conventions. 

Convention adjourned, sine die, 

EUJAH D. RATTOONX. 

Secretary of Couv<entio« 



46 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1791. 

REGISTER OF THE CLERGY 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

In the State of New Yort 



The Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, D. D., Bishop of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York, and Rector 
of Trinity Church, in the City of New York, ordained Deacon, by 
the Bishop of London, on the 23d day of February, 1766. Or- 
dained Priest, by the Bishop of Chester, on the 25th day of March, 
1766 ; and consecrated Bishop, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, 
on 4th day of February, 1787. 

Rev. Jeremiah Learning, D. D., ordained Deacon, by the Bishop 
of LandafF, on the 5th day of June, 1748. Ordained Priest, by 
the Bishop of Winchester, on the 19th day of June, 1748. 

Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, in the City of New York, ordained Deacon, by the Bishop 
of LandafF, on the 17th day of May, 1767. Ordained Priest, by 
the Bishop of London, on the 14th of June, 1767. 

Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, in the City of New York, ordained Deacon, by the Bishop 
of London, on the 24th day of June, 1774. Ordained Piiest, by 
the same Bishop, on the 29th day of June, 1774. 

Rev. Thomas L. Moore, A.. M,, Rector of St. George's Church, 
South Hempstead, ordained Deacon, by the Bishop of London, on 
the 24th day of September, 1781. Ordained Priest, by the Bishop 
of Chester, on the 24th day of February, 1782. 

Rev. Thomas Ellison, A. M., Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany, ordained Deacon, by the Archbishop of York, on the 
7th of July, 1782. Ordained Priest, by the Bishop of Durham, 
on the 19th day of September, 1784. 

The Rev. Richard C. Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, 
Staten Island, ordained Deacon, by the Right ilev. Samuel 
Provoost, D. D., Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church iu 
the State of New York, on the 15th day of July ; aud Priest, on 
the 22d day of October, 1787. 



1791.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 47 

Rev. Daniel Foote, A. M., Rector of the United Episcopal 
Churches at Rye and White Plains, ordained Deacon, by the 
Right Rev. Samuel Seabury, D. D., Bishop of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church in the State of Connecticut, on the 11th day 
of June ; and Priest, on the 22d day of October, 1788. 

Rev. George H. Spierin, A. M., Rector of the United Churches 
of Newburgh and Wallkill, ordained both Deacon and Priest, by 
Bishop Provoost, in the month of July, 1788. 

Rev, Elias Cooper, Rector of the Church at Philipsburgli, 
ordained Deacon, by Bishop Provoost, in the month of June; and 
Priest, on the 11th day of the same month, 1790. 

Rev. Andrew Fowler, Rector of the Church at Oyster Bay, 
ordained Deacon, by Bishop Provoost, in the month of June, 1789 ; 
and Priest, on the 11th day of the same month, 1790. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of the Church at New 
Rochelle, ordained Deacon, by Bishop Provoost, on the 27th day 
of January; and Priest, on the 19th day ot October, 1790. 

Rev. William Hammel, Rector of the United Churches at 
Jamaica, Newtown, and Flushing, ordained Deacon, by Bishop 
Provoost, on the 27th day of January; and Priest, on the 19th day 
of October, 1790. 

Rev. Elijah D. Rattoone, A. B., Minister of the Church at 
Brooklyn, ordained Deacon, by Bishop Provoost, on the 10th day 
of January, 1790. 

Rev. Thomas F. Oliver, A. M., Rector of the United Churches 
at Johnstown and Fort Hunter, ordained Deacon and Priest, by 
Bishop Seabury. 

Rev. Mr. Bostwick, of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, officiates 
every third Sunday in the City of Hudson. 

Rev. James Nicholls, of Sandgate, Vermont, officiates every 
third Sunday at Camden. 

Rev. Daniel Barber, of Manchester, Vermont, officiates every 
third Simday at Kingsbmy. 



JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1791, 

APPENDIX, 



RULES AND REGULALIONS 

I OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

III the Slate of New York. 



■ I. There shall be an annual Convention of the Clergy and Lay 
Deputies of the Episcopal congregations, on the second Tuesday 
in October ; and also, such special meetings as the exigencies of 
the Church may require, or the Bishop shall think fit to appoint ; 
of which timely notice shall be given by the Secretary for the 
time being, to each clergyman, and to the Churchvi^ardens and 
Vestry, or Trustees of the different congregations ; and the Deputies 
sent shall produce satisfactory testimonials of their being duly 
elected, in order to entitle them to a vote. 

II. At every Convention, the Bishop shall preside ; but in case 
of a vacancy, or necessary absence, the members shall elect a 
President from among the Clergy. 

III. The business of every Convention shall be introduced by 
prayers and a sermon ; and the preacher shall be nominated by 
the Bishop. 

IV. In all questions the Clergy and Laity shall vote separately ; 
the Clergy by individuals, and the Laity by congregations ; and 
a majority of both shall be necessary to give validity to every 
measure. And when more than one church or chapel shall be 
united under a single corporation, the representatives of such cor- 
poration shall be entitled to a distinct vote for each church or 
chapel. 

V. Every clergj^man who is regularly settled in any congrega- 
tion in this State, shall be a member of this Convention, ex officio. 

VI. When the Episcopate becomes vacant by the death or re- 
moval of the Bishop, the Convention shall be called by a Standing 
Committee appointed for that purpose, and proceed to a new 
election. And sufficient testimonials shall be given by the Con- 
vention, to the Bishop elect, in order that he may obtain consecra- 
tion. In this, and every other instance that relates to the 



179L] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. <© 

appointment of Officers, and Committees, the votes shall be given 
by ballot. 

VIL Every candidate for Holy Orders shall produce to the 
Bishop a recommendation from the Convention, signed by the 
Secretary. 

MIL The Bishop shall confine the exercise of his Episcopal 
office to his proper jurisdiction ; unless requested to ordain or con- 
firm by any church destitute of a Bishop, in union with the 
General Convention of this Church. 

IX. No clergyman who is settled in any congregation in this 
State, shall remove to another parish without permission first 
obtained from the Bishop ; Provided, That such clergyman shall 
be allowed an appeal to this Convention, in case of refusal. 

X. Every clergyman who is regularly settled in this State, shall, 
on the next Sunday after Easter in every year, preach a sermon 
to his congregation, on the duties which are peculiarly Episcopal ; 
in which he shall lay before the people the propriety and necessity 
of supporting the Episcopal office with becoming dignity, by their 
voluntary contributions. And the collections which are at this 
time made, shall be deposited in the hands of the Treasurer of the 
Convention ; and the disposal of the same shall be left entirely 
under the direction of this Convention, so as in the most effectual 
manner to defray the extraordinary expense which the Bishop 
may incur by his visitations of the churches ; and to establish a 
fund for the better support of the Episcopate in this State. 

XL In case of a complaint made to this Convention against 
any Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, of such a nature as to require a 
trial, all the proceedings shall be taken in writing. If the accused 
be found guilty, the penalties shall be admonition, suspension, or 
deprivation of office, according to the degree of the offence. — 
Suspension not to be longer than one year ; and in case of 
deprivation of office, an appeal may be made to the General Con- 
vention ; but when lesser penalties are adjudged, the sentence of 
this State Convention shall be final. 

XII. The Bishop shall, at least once in three years, make a 
general visitation of the churches within his own proper jurisdic- 
tion, for the purposes of examining the state of his Church, in- 
specting the behaviour of the Clergy, and administering the rite 
of Confirmation. 



60 JOURNALS GP THE CONVENTION* [l'79l- 

THE 

CONSTITUTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

in the United States of America, 



Art. 1. There shall be a General Convention' of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church in the United States of America, on the second 
Tuesday of September, in the year of our Lord, 1792, and on the 
second Tuesday of September in every third year afterwards, in 
Such place as shall be determined by the Convention ; and special 
meetings may be called at other times, in the manner hereafter to 
be provided for ; and this Church, in a majority of the States 
which shall have adopted this Constitution, shall be represented, 
before they shall proceed to business ; except that the representa- 
tion from two States shall be sufficient to adjourn ; and in all 
business of the Convention, freedom of debate shall be allowed. 

Art. 2. The Church in each State shall be entitled to a repre- 
sentation of both the Clergy and the Laity ; which representation 
shall consist of one or more Deputies, not exceeding four of each 
order, chosen by the Convention of the State ; and, in all ques- 
tions, when required by the Clerical or Lay representation from 
any State, each order shall have one vote ; and the majority of 
suffrages by States shall be conclusive in each order, provided such 
majority comprehend a majority of the States represented in that 
order : The concurrence of both orders shall be necessary to con- 
stitute a vote of the Conventioji. If the Convention of any State 
should neglect or decline to appoint Clerical Deputies, or if they 
should neglect or decline to appoint Lay Deputies, or if any of 
those of either order appointed should neglect to attend, or be pre- 
vented by sickness or any other accident, such State shall, never- 
theless, be considered as duly represented by such Deputy or 
Deputies as may attend, whether Lay or Clerical. And if, through 
the neglect of the Convention of any of the churches which shall 
have adopted, or may hereafter adopt, this Constitution, no' 
Deputies, either Lay or Clerical, should attend at any General 
Convention ; the Cihurch in such State shall nevertheless be bounJ 
by the acts of such Convention. 

Art. 3. The Bishops of this Church, when there shall be three 
or more, shall, whenever General Conventioiis are held, form a 



1791.] 10F TISE IHOCESE OF NEW YORK. JBl 

separate House, with a right to originate and propose acts, for the 
concurrence of the House of Dejnities, composed of Clergy and 
Laity ; and when any proposed act shall have passed the House 
of Deputies, the same shall be transmitted to the House of Bishops, 
who shall have a negative thereupon, unless adhered to ]:)y four- 
fifths of ihe other House ; and all acts of the Convention shall be 
authenticated by both Houses. And, in all cases, the House of 
Bishops shall signify to the Convention their approbation or dis- 
approbation (the latter, with their reasons in writing) within three 
days after the proposed act shall have been reported to them for 
concurrence ; and, in failure thereof it shall have the operation of 
a law. But until there shall be three or more Bisho^-js, as afore- 
said, any Bishop attending a General Convention shall be a mem- 
ber, ex officio, and shall vote with the Clerical Deputies of the 
State to which he belongs ; and a Bishop shall then preside. 

Art. 4. The Bishop or Bishops in every State shall be chosen 
agreeably to such rules, as shall be fixed by the Convention of 
that State ; and every Bishop of this Chm'ch shall confine the ex- 
ercise of his Episcopal office to his proper diocese or district; 
unless requested to ordain, or confirm, or perform any other act of 
the Episcopal office, by any church destitute of a Bishop. 

Art, 5. A Protestant Episcopal Church in any of the United 
States, not now represented, may, at any time hereafter, be 
admitted, on acceding to this 'Constitution. 

Art. 6. In every State, the mode of trying clei^ymen shall be 
instituted by the Convention of the Church therein. At every 
trial of a Bishop, there shall be one or more of the Episcopal 
order present ; and none but a Bishop shall pronounce sentence of 
deposition or degradation from the ministry, on any clergyman, 
whether Bishop, or Presbyter, or Deacon. 

Art. 7. No person shall be admitted to Holy Orders, until he 
shall have been examined by the Bishop and by two Presbyters, 
and shall have exhibited such testimonials and other requisites, as 
the canons, in that case provided, may direct. Nor shall any 
person be ordained until he shall have subscribed the following 
declaration : " I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and 
New Testament to be the word of God, and to contain all things 
necessary to salvation : And I do solemnly engage to conform to 
the doctrines and worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 
these United States." No person ordained by a foreign Bishop 
shall be permitted to officiate as a minister of this Church, until he 
shall have complied with the canon or canons in that case pro- 
vided, and have also subscribed the aforesaid declaration.^ 



QQ JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1791. 

Art. 8. A Book of Common Prayer, administration of the 
Sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the Church, Articles 
of Rehgion, and a form and manner of making, ordaining and 
consecrating Bishops, Priests and Deacons, when estabhshed by 
this or a future General Convention, shall be used in the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church in those States, which shall have adopted 
this Constitution. 

Art. 9. This Constitution shall be unalterable, unless in General 
Convention, by the Church in a majority of the States, which 
may have adopted the same ; and all alterations shall be first pro- 
posed in one General Convention, and made known to the several 
State Conventions before they shall be finally agreed to, or ratified, 
in the ensuing General Convention. 



CANONS, 



For the Government of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United 
States of America, agreed on and ratified in the General Convention of said 
Church, held in the City of Philadelphia, from the 29th day of September 
to the 16th day of October, 1789, inclusive. 



CANON I. 

Of the Orders of tlie Ministers in this Cliurch. 

In this Church there shall always be three orders in the minis- 
try, viz., Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. 

CANON II. 

Certificates to he produced on the part of Bisho^ys elect. 

Every Bishop elect, before his consecration, shall produce to 
the Bishops, to whom he is presented for that holy office, from the 
Convention by whom he is elected a Bishop, and from the General 
Convention, or a Committee of that body, to be appointed to act 
in their recess, certificates respectively, in the following words, 
viz.: 

Testimony from the Members of the Convention in the State, from whence the 
Person is recommended for Consecration. 

We, whose names are underwritten, fully sensible how im- 
portant it is that the sacred office of a Bishop should not be 
unworthily conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to 
bear testimony on this solemn occasion without partiality or affec- 



1791.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 53 

tion, do, in the presence of Almip;hty God, testify, that A. B. is 
not, so far as we are infonned, justly hable to evil report, either 
for error in rehgion, or for viciousness of hfe ; and that we do not 
know or beheve there is any impediment or notable crime, for 
which he ougjht not to be consecrated to that holy office. We do 
moreover jointly and severally declare, that, having personally 
known him for three years last past, we do in our consciences be- 
lieve him to be of such sufficiency in good learning, such soundness 
in the faith, and of such virtuous and pure manners and godly 
conversation, that he is apt and meet to exercise the office of a 
Bishop, to the honour of God, and the edifying of His Church, and 
to be an wholesome example to the flock of Christ. 

Testimony from the General Convention. 

We, whose names are underwritten, fully sensible how impor- 
tant it is that the sacred office of a Bishop should not be unworthily 
conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear our 
testimony on this solemn occasion without partiality or affection, 
do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify, that A. B. is not, so far 
as we are informed, justly liable to evil report, either for error in 
religion, or for viciousness of life ; and that we do not know or 
believe there is any impediment or notable crime, on account of 
which he ought not to be consecrated to that holy office, but that 
he hath, as we believe, led his lifcj for three years last past, pious- 
ly, soberly, and honestly, 

CANON IIL 

Of Episcopal Yisitation. 

Every Bishop in this Church shall, as often as may be conve- 
nient, visit the churches within his diocese or district, for the 
purposes of examining the state of his Church, inspecting the 
behaviour of the Clergy, and administering the Apostolic rite of 
Confirmation. 

CANON IV. 
Of the Age of those who are to be Ordained or Consecrated. 

Deacons' orders shall not be conferred on any person until he 
shall be twenty-one years old, nor Priests' orders on any one until 
he shall be twenty-four years old ; and, except on urgent occasions, 
unless he hath been a Deacon one year. No man shall be conse- 
crated a Bishop of this Church until he shall be thirty years old. 

CANON V. 
Of the Titles of those who are to be Ordained. 
No person shall be ordained either Deacon or Priest, unless he 
shall produce a satisfactory certificate from some church, parish, 



54 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS \^T79Z 

or congregation, that he is engaged with them, and that they will 
receive him as their minister, and allow him a reasonable support ^ 
or unless he be engaged as a professor, tutor, or instructor of 
youth, in some college, academy, or general seminary of learnings 
duly incorporated ; or unless the Standing Committee of the 
Church in the State, for which he is to be ordained, shall certify 
to the Bishojf their full belief and expectation that he will be re- 
ceived and settled as a pastor, by some one of the vacant churches 

n that State, 

CANON VI. 

TJie Testimonials to be Produced on the part cf those who are to be Ordained. 

Every candidate for Holy Orders shall be recommended to the 
Bishop by a Standing Committee of the Convention of the State 
wherein he resides, which recommendation shall be signed by the 
names of a majority of the Committee, and shall be in the follow- 
ing words : 

We, whose names are here underwritten, testify. That A. B. for 
the space of three years last past, hath lived piously, soberly, and 
honestly : Nor hath he at any time, as far as we know or believe^ 
written, taught, or held, any thing contrary to the doctrine or 
discipline of the Protestant Episcopal Church. And moreover we 
think him a person worthy to be admitted to the sacred order of 
. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands- 
Dated the day of , in the year of our Lord, 

But, before a Standing Committee of any State shall proceed to 
recommend any candidate, as aforesaidyto the Bishop, such candi- 
date shall produce testimonials of his good morals and orderly 
conduct for three years last past, from the Minister and Vestry of 
the parish where he has resided, or from the Vestry alone, if the 
parish be vacant ; a publication of his intention to apply for Holy 
Orders having been previously made by such Minister or Vestry. 
In every State, in which there is no Standing Committee, such 
Committee shall be appointed at its next ensuing Convention ; and 
in the mean time, every candidate for Holy Orders shall be re- 
commended according to the regulations or usages of the Church 
in each State, and the requisitions of the Bishop, to whom he 
applies. 

CANON VII. 
Of tlie Learning of those who are to be Ordained. 

No person shall be ordained in this Church until he shall have 
satisfied the Bishop and the two Presbyters, by whom he shall be 
examined, that he is sufficiently acquainted with the New Testa- 
ment in the original Greek, and can give an account of his faith 
in the Latin tongue, either in writing or otherwise, as may be 



179 L] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 55 

' required ; unless it shall be recommended to the Bishop, by two- 
thirds of the Stale Convention to which he belongs, to dispense 
with the aforesaid requisition, in whole or in part ; which recom- 
mendation shall only be for good causes moving thereto, and shall 
be in the following words, with the signature of the names of the 
majority of such Convention. 

We, whose names are underwritten, arc of opinion, that the 
dispensing with the knowledge of the Latin and Greek languages, 
(or of either of them, as the case may be) in the examination of A. 
B. for Holy Orders, wull be of use to the Church of which we are 
the Convention, in consideration of other qualifications of tlie said 
A. B, for the Gospel ministry, 

CANON VIIL 
Of the stated Times of Ordination. 
Agreeably to the practice of the primitive Church, the stated 
times of Ordination shall be on the Sundays following the Ember 
weeks, viz. : the second Sunday in Lent, the Feast of Trinity, 
and the Sundays after the Wednesdays following the fourteenth 
day of September, and the thirteenth of December. 

CANON IX. 

Of those who, Itaving been Ordained by foreign Bishops, settle in this Church. 
No person, not a member of this Church, who shall profess to 
be episcopally ordained, shall be permitted to officiate therein, 
until he shall have exhibited to the Vestry of the church, in which 
he shall offer to officiate, a certificate, signed by the Bishop of the 
diocese or district, or, where there is no Bishop, by three clergy- 
men of the Standing Committee of the Convention of that State, 
that his letters of orders are authentic, and given by some Bishop 
whose authority is acknowledged by this Church, and also satis- 
factory evidence of his moral character. 

CANON X. 

Of the Use of the Book of Common Prayer. 
Every minister shall, before all sermons and lectures, use the 
Book of Common Prayer, as the same shall be set forth and esta- 
blished by the authority of this, or some future General Convention; 
and until such establishment, of an uniform Book of Common 
Prayer in this Church, every minister shall read the Book of 
Common Prayer directed to be used by the Convention ol" the 
Church in the State in which he resides ; and no other prayer 
shall be used besides those contained in the said book. 

CANON XI. 
Of the Duty of Ministers, in regard to Episcopal Visitation. 
It shall be the duty of ministers to prepare children and others 



56 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1791. 

for the holy ordinance of Confirmation. And on notice being re- 
ceived from the Bishop of his intention to visit any church, which 
notice shall be at least one month before the intended visitation^ 
the minister shall be ready to present, for Confirmation, those who 
shall have been previously instructed for the same ; and shall 
dehver to the Bishop a fist of the names of those presented. 

And at every visitation it shall be the duty of the minister, and 
of the Churchwardens, to give information to the Bishop of the 
state of the congregation, under such heads, as shall have been 
committed to them in the notice given as aforesaid. 

And further, the ministers and Churchwardens of such congre- 
gations as cannot be conveniently visited in any year, shall brhig 
or send to the Bishop, at the stated meeting of the Convention of 
the diocese or district, information of the state of the congregation, 
under such heads, as shall have been committed to them, at least 
one month before the meeting of the Convention. 

CANON XII. 

Notorious Crimes and ScandaJs to be Censured. 

If any persons within this Church offend their brethren by any 
wickedness of life, such persons shall be repelled from the Holy 
Communion, agreeably to the rubric, and may be further pro- 
ceeded against, to the depriving of them of all privileges of Church 
membership ; according to such rules of process as may be pro- 
vided, either by the General Convention, or by the Conventions in 
the different States. 

CANON xra. 

Sober Conversation required in Ministers. 

No ecclesiastical persons shall, other than for their honest ne- 
cessities, resort to taverns, or other places most liable to be abused 
to licentiousness. Further, they shall not give themselves to any 
base or servile labour, or to drinking or riot, or to the spending 
of their time idly. And if any offend in the above, they shall be 
liable to the ecclesiastical censure of admonition, or suspension, 
or degradation, as the nature of the case may require, and accord- 
ing to such rules or process as may be provided, either by the 
General Convention, or by the Conventions in the different States. 

CANON XIV. 

Of the due Celebration of Sundays. 

All manner of persons within this Church shall celebrate and 
keep the Lord's Day, commonly called Sunday, in hearing the 
word of God read and taught, in private and pubhc prayer, in 
other exercises of devotion, and in acts of charity, using all godly 
and sober conversation. 



1791.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK, 57 

CANON XV. 
Ministers to keep a Register. 

Every minister of this Chiirch shall keep a register of baptisms, 
marriages, and funerals within his cure, agreeably to such rules as 
may be provided by the ecclesiastical authority where his cure 
lies ; and if none such be provided, then in such a manner, as, in 
his discretion, he shall think best suited to the uses of such a 
register. 

And the intention of the register of baptisms is hereby declared 
to be, as for other good uses, so especially for the proving of the 
right of Church membership of those who may have been admit- 
ted into this Church by the holy ordinance of Baptism. 

And fm'ther, every minister of this Church shall, within a rea- 
sonable time after the publication of this canon, make out and 
continue a list of all adult persons \vithin his cure ; to remain for 
the use of his successor, to be continued by him, and by every 
future minister in the same parish. 

And no minister shall place on the said list the names of any 
persons, except of those, who, on due inquiry, he shall find to have 
been baptised in this Church; or who, having been otherwise 
baptised, shall have been received into this Church, QJther by the 
holy rite of Confirmation, or by receiving the Holy Communion, or 
by some other joint act of the parties and of a minister of this 
Church ; wherby such persons shall have attached themselves to 
the same. 

CANON XVI. 

A List to be made, and published, of tJie Ministers of this Church. 

The Secretary of the General Convention shall keep a register 
of all the Clergy of this Church whose names shall be delivered 
to him, in the following manner ; that is to say — Every Bishop 
of this Church, or, where there is no Bishop, the Standing Com- 
mittee of that diocese or district, shall, at the time of every General 
Convention, deliver, or cause to be delivered to the Secretary, a 
list of the names of all the ministers of this Church in their proper 
diocese or district, annexing the names of their respective cures, 
or of their stations in any colleges or other incorporated semina- 
ries of learning, or, in regard to those w^ho have not any cures or 
such stations, their places, of residence only. And the said list 
shall, from time to time, be pubhshed on the Journals of the 
General Convention. 

And further, it is recommended to the several Bishops of this 
Church, and to the several Standing Committees, that, during the 
intervals between the meetings of the General Convention, they 
take such means of notifying the admission of ministers among 
them, as, in their discretion respectively, they shall think effectual 



58 JOURNAL OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1791. 

to the purpose of preventing ignorant and unwary people from 
being imposed on, by persons pretending to be authorized ministers 
of this Chm'ch. 

CANON xvn. 

Notice to be given of the Induction and Dismission of Ministers. 

It is hereby required, that on the induction of a minister into 
any church or parish, the parties shall deliver, or cause to be de- 
livered to the Bishop, or to the Standing Committee of the diocese 
or district, notice of the same in the following form, or to this 
effect. 

We, the Churchwardens (or in case of an Assistant Minister^ 
we, the Rector and Chiirchwardms) do certify to the Right Rev. 
(^naming the Bishop) that [naining the person) has been duly 
chosen Rector (or Assistant Minister, as the case may be) of 
(^7iaming the church or churches.) 

Which certificate shall be signed with the names of tliose who 
certify. 

And if the Bishop, or the Standing Committee, be satisfied that 
the person so chosen is a qualified minister of this Church, he 
shall transmit the said certificate fo the Secretary of the Conven- 
tion, who shall record it in a book to be kept by him for that 
purpose. 

But if the Bishop or the Standing Coimnittee be not satisfied as 
above, he or they shall, at the instance of the parties, proceed to 
inquire into the sufficiency of the person so chosen, according to 
such rules as may be made in the States respectively, and shall 
confirm or reject the appointment, as the issue of that inquiry 
may be. 



FINIS. 



TENTH CONVENTION 



JOUHNAIi 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF A 

CONVENTION 

OF I 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH. 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 
HELD I>" TRINITY CHTRCH, IS THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

From October 9th, to October 11 th, 1792. 



2!$c follobtna eentltmm JJrcsnit: 

The Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, D. D.,. Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York, and Rector of 
Trinity Church, in the Cit\- of New York. 

Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D,, Assistant Minister of said church- 
Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., Assistant Minister of said church. 

Rev. Thomas L. Moore, Rector of St. George's Church, 
South Hempstead. 

Rev. Mr. Elhson, Rector of St. Peter's Church, at Albany. 

Rev. Richard C. Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, at 
Staten Island. 

Rev, Mr. Foote, Rector of the Churches at Rye and \Miite 
Plains. 

Rev. Mr. Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, at Philipsburgh. 

Rev. Mr. Bartow, Rector of the Church at New Rochelle. 

Rev. Mr. Fowler, Rector of St. Peter's Church, at Peekskdll, 
and of St. Philip's Church, at Beverly. 

Rev. Mr. Hammel, Rector of Grace Church, at Jamaica ; of 
St. James' Church, at Newtown ; and of St. George's Church, at 
Flushing. 

Rev. ' Mr. Spierin, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, at Ulster 
coxmty. 



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Rev. Mr. Sands, Minister of the Churches at East Wood, and 
IsHp. 

Rev. Dr. Learning, and Rev. Mr. Rattoone, resident in the city 
of New York. 

The Hon. WilKam S. Johnson, Mr. Robert Watts, and Mr. 
Hubert Van Wagenen, city of New York. 

Aquila Giles, Esq., and Mr. Durell, Brooklyn. 

Mr. David Titus, Newtown. 

Mr. Christopher Smith, and Daniel Kissam, Esq., Jamaica. 

Mr. Lambert Moore, Flushing. 

Dr. Samuel Martin, and Mr. George Hewlett, South Hemp- 
stead. 

Mr. Richard Floyd, Setauket. 

Mr. Stephen Jarfles De Lancey, North Salem. 

Hon. Paul Micheau, and James Guion, Esq., Staten Island. 

Augustus Van Cortlandt, Esq., and Mr. Gilbert Valentine, 
Yonkers. 

Dr. Isaac Besly, and Mr. William Besly, New Rochelle. 

Mr. Abraham Valentine, and Mr. David Guion, East Chester. 

Mr. Walter Nichols, Rye and White Plains. 

Mr. Daniel Smith, Newcastle. 

Mr. Daniel LefFerts, Poughkeepsie. 

Mr. James Bramble, and Mr. Nestell, Newburgh. 

Cadwallader Colden, Esq., and Mr. Andrew Graham, Ulster 
county. 

Prayers were read by the Rev. Mr. Foote, and a sermon was 
preached by the Rev. Mr. Spierin. 

The Lay Delegates produced the testimonials of their respective 
appointments, which were read, and approved. 

The Rev. Mr. Rattoone was chosen Secretary. 

The Convention were informed by the Bishop, that since their 
last meeting the Rev. Thomas J. Clagget, D. D., had been conse- 
crated Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of 
Maryland — That he had ordained Mr. Harris, Mr. Ireland, Mr. 
Gardiner, Mr. Jackson Sands, and Mr. Ammi Rogers, (the two 
last now settled in this State) and had consecrated the church at 
Philipsburgh. 

An extract from the Will of St. George Talbot being read, in 
which he devised in trust, certain sums of money to the Society 
for Propagatmg the Gospel in Foreign Parts, for the use and 



1792.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 61 

benefit of the churches at North Castle and Bedford ; which said 
money is now in possession of Lewis McDonald and others ; 

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed, consisting of the 
Hon. William S. Johnson, Rev. Dr. Moore, and Mr. Smith, to 
prepare a draught of a Deed, to vest said monies in the Corpora- 
tion of Trinity Church, in trust for the Convention ; to be by them 
distributed according to the intent and meaning of said Will. 

Rev. Dr. Leaming, Rev. Mr. Ellison, and Dr. Samuel Martin, 
were appointed a Committee to report what business might appear 
necessary to be taken up at this meeting of the Convention. 

Convention adjourned till to-morrow morning, half-past ten 
o'clock. 

Wednesday, October 10th, 1792. 

Convention met. 

Rev. Mr. Cooper read prayers. 

The Rev. Mr. Rogers, from Schenectady, and the Lay Dele- 
gates, William Denning, Esq., from Peekskill and Beverly ; Mr. 
J ohn Van Nostrand, from Brooklyn ; and Mr. Charles Hewlett, 
from East Wood, appeared and took their seats. 

Mr. Denning certified to the Convention, that possession had 
been procured of the parsonage- house and glebe, belonging to the 
Churches of St. Philip's, at the Highlands, and St. Peter's, near 
Peekskill — That they had given a call to the Rev. Mr. Fowler, 
and had provided for his support ; and that the people seemed 
much pleased with having the Gospel once more preached, and 
Divine service performed according to the usage of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church. 

The Treasurer, Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen, produced his ac- 
counts, which were read, and approved ; and for fear of accidents 
by death or otherwise, he lodged with the Convention, a power 
of attorney given to Richard Harison, Esq., to act in his name 
and stead, and to recover the sum of two hundred and ninety 
pounds, by him the said Treasurer put out on mortgage security. 

The Committee appointed yesterday to report what business 
might appear necessary to come before the Convention at this 
meeting, made report, and the Rev. Dr. Moore, and the Rev. 
Dr. Beach were added to the same Committee, in order to devise 
a plan of interior goverrmient for the Church. 



62 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1792. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be given to the 
Rev. Mr. Spierin, for his sermon preached before them yesterday. 

Dr. Johnson, from the Committee appointed to prepare a 
draught of conveyance, for certain sums of money devised by St. 
George Talbot, 

Reported, That instead of a particular, a general application 
ought, in their opinion, to be made to the Society, for a grant to 
the Corporation of Trinity Church, in the City of Nev/ York, in 
trust for this Convention, of all the property, both real and per- 
sonal, to which that Society may have just claim, within this 
State. 

This report was approved by the Convention, and the powers 
of said Committee were enlarged accordingly. 

The Rev. Mr. Spierin, Dr. Johnson, and Mr. Colden, were 
appointed a Committee to inquire into the state of the property at 
Newburgh, belonging to the Episcopal Church, and now in the 
possession of other denominations. 

Mr. Hugh Gaine was recommended, by the Convention, to 
print the Book of Common Prayer, according to the act of the 
last General Convention ; and the Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Dr. 
Beach, and the Rev. Mr. Rattoone, were appointed a Committee 
to correct the press, by the standard book. 

Resolved, That the Standing Committee shall apply to the 
Legislature, to have altered, as far as it respects the Episcopal 
Church, the style, " Trustees," for that of " Minister, Church- 
wardens and Vestrymen," in the general law, under which all 
religious denominations are entitled to incorporate themselves, 
throughout this State : — and to obtain, if possible, an annual 
election of their Churchwardens and Vestrymen. 

Resolved, That at the State Convention, in the year 1794, the 
proposal of the General Convention, relative to the investing the 
House of Bishops with a negative, on the proceedings of the other 
House, shall again be taken into consideration. 

Resolved, That the six additional canons, agreed on by the last 
General Convention, be inserted in the minutes of this Convention ; 
and the amendments of the 7th canon, of 1789 ; and the act for 
supporting missionaries on the frontiers of the United States. 

Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Thomas Moore, 
Rev. Mr. Hammel, Dr. Johnson, Aquila Giles, Esq., and Mr. 



1792.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 63 

Robert Watts, were elected the Standing Cominiltce for the year 
ensuing. 

Convention adjourned till to-morrow morning, half-past ten 
o'clock. 

Thursday, October 11th, 1792. 
Convention met. 

The Committee, on the state of the land belonging to the church 
at Newburgh, made a report which was agreed to by the Conven- 
tion, viz., That it be recommended to the members of the Episcopal 
Church at Newburgh, to take the most eminent counsel on the 
subject ; and in the mean time to support and enlarge the Epis- 
copal Church in that place, to the utmost of their power. 

The plan of interior government for the Church, reported by 
the Committee, was not adopted by the Convention. 

The monies due for printing the Journals of the General Con- 
vention, were apportioned by a Committee, and paid accordingly. 

The follovdng Rules were adopted to regulate the mode of 
doing business in the Convention ; — 

I. The business of every day shall be introduced by prayer. 

n. When the President takes the chair, no member shall con- 
tinue standing, or shall afterwards stand up, unless to address the 
Chair. 

in. When any member is about to speak in debate, or deliver 
any matter to the Convention, he shall rise from his seat, and 
without advancing, shall, with due respect, address himself to the 
President, confining himself strictly to the point in debate. 

IV. No member shall speak more than twice in the same 
debate, without leave of the Convention. 

V. A question being once determined, shall stand as the judg- 
ment of the Convention, and shall not be again drawn into debate, 
during the same session. 

VI. While the President is putting any question, no one shall 
hold private discourse, stand up, walk into, out of, or across the 
house. 



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VIL Every member who shall be in the Convention, when any 
question is put, shall, on a division, be counted, unless he be par- 
ticularly interested in the decision. 

VIII. No motion shall be considered as before the Convention 
unless it be seconded and reduced to writing, when required. 

IX. When any question is before the Convention it shall be 
determined on, before any thing new shall be introduced, except 
the question for adjournment. 

X. The question for adjournment shall be always in order, and 
taken without debate. 

The Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Thomas Moore, Rev. Mr. Elhson, 
Rev. Dr. Beach, Dr. Johnson, Mr. Watts, Aquila Giles, and 
Daniel Hale, Esq's, were elected Delegates to the General Con- 
vention. 

Convention adjourned sine die. 



ELEVENTH CONVENTION. 



OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF A 

CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 
UELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

From October 8th, to October 10th, 1793. 



At a Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the City of New 
York, on the 8th of October, 1793— 

2rfjc follotoinfl CKcntlemcn iDresent : 

The Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, D. D., Bishop of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York, and Rector 
of Trinity Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

Rev. Mr. Ellison, Rector of St. Peter's, Albany. 

Rev. Mr. Bissett, Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New 
York. 

Rev. Richard C. Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's, Staten Island. 

Rev. Mr. Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, at Philipsburgh. 

Rev. Mr. Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New Rochelle, 

Rev. Mr. Nesbitt, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn. 

Rev. Mr. Hammel, Rector of Grace Church, Jamaica; St- 
James' Newtown ; and St. George's Flushing. 

Rev. Mr. Rattoone, Professor of the Greek and Latin Lan- 
guages, Columbia College. 

Rev. Mr. Sands, Minister of the Church at East Woods and 
IsHp. 

Rev. Mr. Rogers, Minister of St. George's Church, Schenec- 
tady, and Christ Church, Ballston. 



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Rev. Mr. Vanhorne, Minister of St. Andrew's, Ulster county, 

Mr. Stuyvesant, Mr. Gaine, and Mr. Van Wagenen, from New 
York. 

Hon. Paul Micheau, and .John Miclieau, Esq., from Staten 
Island. 

Aquila Giles, Esq., Mr. Van Nostrand, and Mr. Powers, from 
Brooklyn ; and Mr. Buckbee, from Newtown. 

Mr. Ustick, and John Hicks, Esq., from Flushing. 

Mr. Clowes, Mr. Onderdonk, and Samuel Carman, Esq's, from 
South Hempstead. 

Mr. Hewlett, from East Woods. 

Mr. Stephen Ward, and Mr. Thomas Bartow, from East Chester. 

Augustus Van Cortlandt, Esq., and Mr. Jonathan Warner, from 
Yonkers. 

Mr. Samuel Marvin, from Rye and White Plains. 

Absolam Guion, Esq., and Peter Shute, from New Rochelle. 

Mr. Daniel Smith, from New Castle. 

Cadwallader D. Colden, Esq., from Poughkeepsie. 

Mr. Alexander Colden, from Ulster county. 

Mr. Williams, from Beekmantown. 

Jacob Morris, Esq., from Otsego county. 

Bishop Provoost read prayers, and a sermon was preached by 
the Rev. Mr. Rattoone. 

The Lay Delegates produced their credentials, which were read, 
and approved. 

On motion of the Rev. Mr. Bisset, 

Resolved, That the fifth article of the Rules and Regulations 
of this Church shall be amended thus : " Every clergyman who 
is regularly settled in any congregation in this State, or who is a 
professor or tutor in any college, academy, or other seminary of 
learning duly incorporated, shall be a member of this Convention, 
ex officio. ^^ 

The Rev. Mr. Rattoone was chosen Secretary. 

Resolved, That every clergyman who shall in future obtain a 
seat in the Convention of this Church, by election, shall be consi- 
dered as a member of the Convention only during that session. 

On motion of Mr. Van Wagenen, 

Resolved, That the Standing Committee, or any two of them, 
shall be a Committee to examine the accounts of the Treasurer, 
and make report to each annual Convention. 

The Convention adjourned till to-morrow morning, half-past 
ten o'clock. 



1793.] of the diocese of new york. 67 

October 9tii, 1793. 

The Convention met according to adjournment. 

Xhe Rev. Dr. Beach read prayers. 

Minutes of yesterday were read, and approved. 

The Bishop informed the Convention, that since their last meet- 
ing hp had consecrated a church at Duanesburgh, erected solely 
by Judge Duane, at the expense of upwards of eight hundred 
pounds, exclusively of the lot of ground on which it stands. The 
sixty pounds which the Judge had received as a donation from his 
friends, to assist hhn in building of the church, he appropriated to 
the purchase of a handsome set of plate, 

A copy of the Deed of Gift of said church and ground, here 
follows ', together with the Form of Consecration. 

(Copy.) 
J, James Duane, Proprietor of the Town of Duanesburgh, in the County 
of Albany, To all whom it may concern, do hereby make known and declare 
^hat the Edifice by me lately erected at a Place called the Centre Square of said 
Town, and the Ground on which said Edifice is situated, are intended, and here- 
by appropriated for the public Worship of Almighty God, according to the Rites 
and Ceremonies of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New-York; 
for which Use they shall always remain and continue. And that I have re- 
tjuested, and do hereby pray the Right Reverend the Bishop of the Protestant 
F^piscopal Church in the State of New- York, to consecrate and set apart the 
said Edifice, with the Ground on which it is erected, by the Name of Christ- 
Church, in Duanesburgh, according to the Rites and Ceremonies of tlie said 
Protestant Episcojjal Church. 

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal, the 
Twenty-fourth Day of August, in the year of our Lord One Thou- 
sand Seven Hundred and Ninety-three. 

[L. S.] JAMES DUANE. 

This instrument, rit the order of the Right Reverend Bishop 
Provoost, was publicly read in the time of Divine service, imme- 
diately before the Consecration, by me, 

THOMAS ELLISON, 

Rector of St. Peter's, Albany. 
In cur pre?encp, 

SAMUEL PROVOOST, 

Bishop of the Protcrtint Episcopal 
Church, New-York. 

LEONARD CUTTING, 

Minister of the Protestant Episcopal 
• Church, United Slates. 

(Copy.) 
BE it known unto all Men by these Presents, That I, Samuel, by Divine 
Providence Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New- 
York, did on this present Da)% duly and solemnly consecrate to the Honor and 



68 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1790. 

Service of xilmighty God, Christ-Church in the Town and Parish of Duancs-- 
burgh, in the County of Albany: And I do hereby pubh'ckly and openly de- 
clare and pronounce the said Church to be separated from all profane and 
Gommon Uses. 

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and affixed my S*al, 
in Duanesburgh aforesaid, this Twenty-fifth Day of August, in the 
Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-three. 
[L, S.J SAMUEL PROVOOST, 

Bi^ihop of the Protestant Episcopul 
Church, in the State of New- York. 

Bishop Provost further informed the Convention, that he had 
consecrated a church at Ballston, and that he had there confirmed 
upwards of two hundred, and administered the Communion to 
above ninety persons, and was greatly pleased with the rapid 
growth and extension of that church. That he had also visited 
Poughkeepsie, and found that in the church of that place there 
had lately been an accession of some very valuable members. 

Richard Harison, Esq., one of the Delegates from Trinity 
Church, New York, and James Farley, Esq., from Albany, pro- 
duced their credentials and took their seats. 

A memorial was then presented by two of the Trustees of a 
Society, formerly members of Trinity Church in this city, but since 
separated ; stating to the Convention, that they had erected a 
house of public worship, and praying that their Delegates might 
be admitted a seat in this Convention. 

On a question, whether the doors of the Convention were at 
any time open for the admission of those who might wush to hear 
the debates ? — it was determined in the negative. 

In consequence of this resolve the Trustees who presented the 
above memorial, withdrew. After a full and ample discussion was 
given to the subject of the said memorial, the motion for its rejec- 
tion being put, the votes were as follows : 

Clergy — Affirmative: Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Mr. Ellison, 
Rev. Mr. Bissett, Rev, Mr. Cooper, Rev. Mr. Hammel, Rev. Mr. 
Sands. 

JYegative: Rev. Mr. Moore, Ptev. Mr. Bartow, Rev. Mr. 
Rattoone. 

Laity — Affirmative: New York, Staten Island, Newtown^ 
Flushing, South Hempstead, Yonkers, Rye and White Plains., 
New Castle, Poughkeepsie, Ulster, ptsego, Albany, 

Divided : East Chester. 

JVegative : Brooklyn, New Rochelle. 

Convention ad]oiu:ned till to-morrow morning, 10 o'clock 



1.793.] OF THE DIOOESE OF NEW YORK. 69 

OcTOPER IOtii, 1793. 
Convention met. 

Rev. Mr, Bissett read prayers. 

The Rev. Mr. Fowler from Peekskill, took his seat in Conven- 
fion. 

The minutes of yesterday were then read. 

The thanks of this Convention were returned to the Rev. Mr. 
Rattoone, for his sermon delivered at the opening of this Conven- 
tion. 

Rev, Mr. Bissett was added to the Committee appointed to 
superintend the printing of the Book of Common Prayer. 

Ordered, That the business of applying to the Legislature to 
have the style, Trustees, altered, for Rector, Churchwardens and 
Vestrymen, &c., be again given in charge to the Standing Cgm- 
•inittee for the year ensuing. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer of this Convention, pay to the 
Bishop, tlie sum of eighteen pounds, to defray the expense in- 
curred by his Episcopal visitations. 

The accounts of the Treasurer were then examined, and ap- 
proved, and the thanks of the Convention returned him for the 
faithful discharge of his important trust. 

iVir. Van Wagenen was again unanimously elected Treasurer. 

Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Mr. Ellison, Rev. Mr. Bissett, Rev. Mr. 
ITammel, and Josiah O. Hoffman, Mathew Clarkson, Cadwallader 
Golden, Esq's, and I\Ir. Stevenson, were appoint-ed the Standing 
Committee of the Convention. 

The Delegates chosen to represent this Church in General Con- 
vention, were the Rev, Dr. Moore, Rev. T. Moore, Rev. Mr. 
Ellison, Rev. Mr. Bisset, Augustus Van Cortlandt, Richard 
Harison, Aquila Giles, Esq's, and Mr. Stevenson. 

Resolved, That the Committee appointed to superintend the 
printing of the Common Prayer, be authorized to pubhsh the 
minutes of this and the preceding Convention. 

The Convention then adjourned sim die, 

FINIS, 



TWELFTH CONVENTION. 



JOURIS'AX, 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF A 

CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 
HELD IN TRINITY CHVRCH, IN THE CITY OK NEW YORK, 

From October 14th, to October 16th, 1794. 



Hist o£ t\)Z i^embcrs of tje CConbcnlion, 

CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, D.D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York, and Rector of 
Trinity Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Mr. Thomas Ellison, Rector of St. Peter's Church, Albany. 

Rev. Mr. Bissett, Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, in the 
City of New York. 

Rev. Mr. Richard C. Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, 
Staten Island. 

Rev. Mr. George H. Spierin, Rector of Christ Church, Pough- 
keepsie. 

Rev. Mr. Samuel Nesbitt, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brook- 
lyn. 

Rev. Mr. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Philips- 
burgh, and of Church, East Chester. 

Rev. Mr. Andrew Fowler, Rector of St. Peter's Church, Peeks- 
kill, and St. Philip's Church, Phihpstown. 



1794.] JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. 71 

Rev. Mr. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle. 

Rev. Mr. William Ilammell, Rector of Grace Church, Jamaica, 
St. James', Newtown, and St. George's, Flushing. 

Rev. Mr. John J. Sands, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 

Rev. Mr. Ararai Rogers, Minister of St. George's Church, 
Schenectady, and Christ Church, Ballston. 

Rev. Mr. John Ireland, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West 
Chester. 

Rev. Mr. Frederick Van Home, Minister of St. Andrew's 
Church, Ulster county. 

Rev. Mr, Gardiner, Minister of Clu-ist Church, Hudson. 

LAITY. 

From South Hempstead Dr. Samuel Martin, Mr. George Hew- 
let, Mr. Richard Thorne, and Mr. Stephen Baldwin. 

From Jamaica, Mr. Christopher Smith, and Dr. Jacob Ogden. 

From Newtown, John Delafield, Esq., Mr. David Titus, and 
Mr. Charles Roach. 

From Flushing, Mr. Garret Beekman, Mr. Francis Lewis, and 
Mr, John Hicks. 

From Brooklyn, Mr. George Powers, and Mr. Gilbert Van 
Mater. 

From Staten Island, Paul Micheau, Esq., and Mr. Lawrence 
Hyllyer. 

From the city of New York, Robert Watts, Esq., Dr. John 
Charlton, Richard Harison, Esq., and Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen, 

From West Chester, Philip J. Livingston, Esq., and Mr. Israel 
Underbill. 

From East Chester, William Popham, and Philip Pell, Esq's. 

From New Rochelle, Dr. Isaac Besly, and Mr. Peter Shute. 

From Rye and White Plains, Jonathan Horton, and John 
Barker, Esq's. 

From Yonkers, Augustus Van Cortland, Esq., and Mr. Thomas 
Valentine. 

From Bedford and Newcastle, Mr. Daniel Smith. 

From Peekskill and Philipstown, Mr. Jarvis Dusenbury. 

From Newburgh, Justin Foote, Esq. 

From Beekmantown, Mr. Stephen J. De Lancey. 

From Poughkeepsie, Mr. James Bramble. 

From Hudson, Mr. John Powell. 

From Otsego, Jacob Morris, Esq. 

From Albany, Henry Cuyler, Esq. 

From Ballston, James Emott, Esq. 

From Camden, Mr. Isaac Binninger. 



72 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1794. 

JOURNAL, &c. 

New York, Tuesday, October 14th, 1794. 

The Clergy and Delegates assembled in Trinity Church, at half- 
past ten o'clock a. m. 

The Right Rev. Dr. Provoost read prayers, and a sermon was 
preached by the Rev. Mr. Bissett. 

After Divine service the testimonials of the Delegates were read. 
Those who appeared to be properly delegated, took their seats ; 
and those who claimed seats under an invalid appointment, were 
desired to withdraw. 

The members then proceeded to the appointment of a Secretary ; 
and the Rev. Mr. Bissett was elected. 

Adjourned to half-past ten o'clock to-morrow. 

Wednesday, October 15th, 1794. 

The Convention met. 

The Rev. Mr. Rogers read prayers. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be given to the 
Rev. Mr. Bissett for his sermon preached before them yesterday ; 
and that he be requested to publish the same. 

The Rev. Mr. Rogers, in behalf of himself and the Rev. Mr. 
Van Home, represented that on the printed Journal of the last 
Convention, their names were omitted by mistake, in the list of 
those who voted for the rejection of the memorial of the Society 
who separated from Trinity Church in the city of New York : 
which representation appears to this Convention to be true. 

A petition was presented from certain persons, styling them- 
selves " The Rector, Wardens, and Vestrymen of Christ's Church, 
in the City of New York," praying to be recognised by the Con- 
vention. 

It was moved by the Rev. Mr. Richard C. Moore, seconded by 
the Rev. Mr. Nesbitt, that the prayer of this petition be granted. 

After an ample discussion of the subject, the question was put, 
and determined in the negative. 



1794.] ( OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. lii 

The yeas and nays being called for, they appeared as follows : 

Clergy — Affirmative : The Rev. Mr. Richard C. Moore, Rev, 
Mr. Nesbitt, Rev. Mr. Bartow.— 3. 

JYegative : The Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Mr. Ellison, Rev. Mr. 
Blsset, Rev. Mr. Spierin, Rev. Mr. Cooper, Rev. Mr. Fowler, 
Rev. Mr. Haramell, Rev. Mr. Sands, Rev. Mr. Rogers, Rev. Mr. 
Ireland, Rev. Mr. Gardin'er. — 11. 

Laity — Affinnaiive : Brooklyn, New Rochelle, Hudson. — 3. 
Divided : Staten Island, Rye and White Plains. — 2 
JYegative: South Hempstead, Jamaica, Newtown, Flushing, 
New York — 3 votes : West Chester, East Chester, Yonkers, Bed- 
ford and Newcastle, Peekskill, Newburgh, Beekmantown, Pough- 
keepsie, Otsego, Albany, Ballston, Camden. — 19. 

A petition was presented from the Trustees and other members 
of the church at Beekmantown, praying that the Convention 
would recommend Mr. Stephen James De Lancey to the Bishop, 
as a candidate for the order of Deacons. 

On motion to reject this petition, it was determined in the 
affirmative. 

A report was presented from Matthew Clarkson, and Josiah 
Ogden Hoffman, Esq's, stating that they had examined the ac- 
counts of the Treasurer of the Convention, and found them just 
and right. 

Resolved, That the report be accepted and approved. 

The Rev. Mr. Ellison, from the Standing Committee, reported 
the steps taken and the progress made by the Committee, in regard 
to the application to the Honourable the Legislature of the State 
of New York in behalf of this Church. 

Resolved, That the report be accepted and approved. 

Besolved, That the same business be recommitted to the Stand- 
ing Committee for the ensuing year ; and that they be requested 
and enjoined to prosecute it at the next session of the Legislature- 
Adjourned to half-past ten o'clock to-morrow. 

Thursday, October 16th, 1794. 
The Convention met. 
The Rev. Mr. Ireland read prayers. 

The subject of Mr. De Lancey 's application for Holy Orders 
being again taken up and considered. 

Resolved, That the Secretary write a letter to the Trustees of 
the congregation in Beekmantown, informing them that the Con- 



74 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1794. 

vention could not interfere in the business of Mr. De Lancey's 
ordination ; but that they approve of the zeal manifested by said 
Trustees, and of their exertions for the good of the Church. 

Resolved, That the Bishop be, and he is hereby requested to 
exert the authority with which he is invested, as Head of this 
Church, to enforce obedience to all the canons, rules, and regula- 
tions of the General and State Convention, more particularly the 
canons which respect the conduct of clergymen ; to admonish and 
reprove those who may hereafter act irregularly, and, in case any 
should persist in disobedience, to report their names to the Con- 
vention. 

The Convention proceeded to appoint the Standing Committee 
for the ensuing year ; and the Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Mr. Ellison, 
Rev. Mr. Bissett, Rev. Mr. Spierin, and Matthew Clarkson, 
Richard Harison, Josiah Ogden Hoffman, and Cadwallader Col- 
den, jun.. Esq's, were elected. 

The Convention afterwards proceeded to the appointment of 
Delegates to represent this Church in the General Convention, 
to be held in the city of Philadelphia, on the second Tuesday of 
September next ; and the Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Mr. Elhson, 
Rev. Mr. Bissett, Rev. Mr. Spierin, and Richard Harison, Au- 
gustus Van Cortlandt, Cadwallader Colden, sen., and Philip S. 
Van Rensselaer, Esq's, were elected. 

Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen was re-elected Treasurer, and the 
thanks of the Convention given to him for his faithful services in 
the discharge of his office. 

Resolved, That the Standing Committee be directed to inquire 
into, and prosecute the claim which this Church has to a farm 
at Fort Hunter, and to attend to the state of the church at 
Newburgh. 

The Convention then adjourned sine die. 



Note.— There appears to have been no Convention in 1795. 



T li 1 11 T E E N T II CONVENTION 



JOURUiTAI, 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF A 

CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

From Tuesday, October lllh, to Thursday, October 13tl), 1796. 



3List of t!jc irHetttlJcvs of tlje ©onbention. 

CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York, and Rector of 
Trinity Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Henry Vandyke, Rector of St. James' Church, Newtown. 

Rev. John Bissett, Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, in the 
City of New York. 

Rev. Samuel Nesbitt, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn. 

Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle. 

Rev. John Ireland, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West Chester- 
Rev. Ammi Rogers, Rector of Christ Church, Ballston. 

Rev. Walter C. Gardiner, Minister of Christ Church, Hudson. 

Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of St. Peter's Church, Peekskill, 
and St. Philip's Chapel, Phihpstown. 



76 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1796. 

Rev. John Urquhart, Minister of St. John's Church, Johnstown, 
and Queen Anne's Chapel, Fort Hunter, 

Rev. John Sayrs, Minister of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie. 

LAITY. 

From Islip, Mr. Wilham Nicoll. 

From Brookhaven, Mr. Richard Floyd. 

From Hempstead, Mr. George Hewlet, Mr. Samuel Carman, 
and Mr. Richard Thorn. 

From Flushing, Mr. John Hicks. 

From Jamaica, Mr. Christopher Smith, and IVIr. Levinus Clark- 
son. 

From Newtown, Mr David Titus, and Mr. Charles Roach. 

From Brooklyn, Mr. John Van Nostrandt, Mr. George Powers, 
and Mr. Paul Durell. 

From the city of New York, Robert Watts, Esq., Dr. John 
Charlton, Richard Harison, Esq., and JMr. Hubert Van Wagenen. 

From West Chester, Israel Underbill, Esq. 

From East Chester, William Popham, Esq., and Mr. John 
Reid. 

From New Rochelle, Mr. Robert G. Wetmore. 

From Rye and White Plains, General Thomas, and John Bar- 
ker, Esq. 

From Bedford and New Castle, Mr. William Miller, Mr. James 
M'Donalds, and Mr. Marmaduke Foster. 

From Poughkeepsie, Mr. John Davis, and Mr. James Bramble. 

From Otsego, James Morris, Esq. 

From Stillwater, Henry Davis, Esq. 



New York, Tuesday, October 11th, 1796. 

The Clergy and Delegates assembled in Trinity Church, at 
half-past ten o'clock a. m. 

The Rev. Mr. Rogers read prayers, and a sermon was preached 
by the Rev. Mr. Ireland. 

After Divine service, the testimonials of the Delegates were 
read, and approved. 

The members then proceeded to the appointment of a Secretary ; 
and Mr. Bisset was chosen. 

On motion of the Rev. Mr. Rogers, 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be given to the 



1796.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 77 

Rev. Mr. Ireland, for his excellent sermon preached before them 
this day, and that he be requested to publish the same. 

On motion of Mr. Bisset, 

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to revise the rules 
and regulations of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State 
of New York, to render them consistent with the canons enacted 
by the General Convention, and to report them in the form of a 
Constitution ; and also to report such canons as may appear con- 
ducive to the good government and benefit of this Church. 

Accordingly the following members were chosen by ballot a 
Committee for the said purposes, and in the following order, viz. : 
the Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Mr. Bisset, Dr. Charlton, Major Pop- 
ham, and the Rev. Dr. Beach. 

Adjourned to half-past 10 o'clock to-morrow. 



Wednesday, October 12th, 1796. 

The Convention met. 

The Rev. Dr. Beach read prayers. 

The congregation of St. John's Church, Stillwater, was, upon 
application, recognised and received as a church in union with 
this Convention, and their Delegate, Henry Davis, Esq., admitted 
to take his seat. 

The congregation of Trinity Church, in the town of Waterford, 
and county of Saratoga, was, upon petition for that pui-pose sign- 
ed by the Rector, Churchwardens, and Vestrymen, and presented 
by the Rev. Mr. Rogers, recognised and received as a church in 
union with this Convention. 

The Rev. Dr. Moore, from the Committee on the Constitution 
and Canons, made a report, which was read. 

On motion, 

The Constitution as reported was taken up and considered by 
paragraphs, and, with one amendment, was adopted and ratified- 

The first and second canons were taken up and considered by 
paragraphs, and, with two amendments, were enacted. 



78 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1796. 

The Treasurer gave a statement of his accounts, and produced 
a certificate signed by two members of the Standing Committee, 
that they were just and right. 

Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be given to Mr. 
Van Wagenen for his faithful services as Treasurer. 

Resolved, That Richard Harison, Esq., Rev. Mr. Rogers, and 
Rev. Mr. Urquhart be a Committee for prosecuting the claim of 
the Church on the farm at Fort Hunter. 

The Convention proceeded to appoint the Committee of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating the Gospel in the 
State of New York, agreeably to the first canon ; and the Rev. 
Dr. Moore, Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Bissett, Dr. Charlton, Mr. 
Van Wagenen, and Mr. David Clarkson were elected. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow. 



Thuksday, October 13th, 1796. 

The Convention met. 

The Rev. Mr. Urquhart read prayers. 

It was moved by the Rev. JVIr. Gardiner, seconded by the Rev. 
Dr. Beach, that the whole of the proceedings of yesterday respect- 
ing the Constitution be rescinded. 

After an ample discussion of the subject, the question was put, 
and determined in the negative. 

The Rev. Dr. Moore, from the Committee appointed for that 
purpose, made a report of some additional canons, which were 
read. 

Three of the canons reported, were taken up and considered by 
paragraphs, and, with some amendments, were enacted ; and the 
consideration of the rest was postponed to the next Convention. 

The congregation of St. John's Church, New Stamford, was, 
upon application made, and evidence stated by Rev. Mr. Gardiner, 
recosnised and received as a church in union with this Convention. 

The congregation of St. James' Church, in the town of Milton, 
was, upon application made, and evidence stated by the Rev. Mr. 



a 
1796.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 79 

Rogers, recognised and received as a church in union with this 
Convention. 

Mr. Van Wagenen was re-elected Treasurer. 

The Convention proceeded to appoint the Standing Committee 
for the ensuing year ; and the Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Dr. Beach, 
Rev. Mr. Ellison, Rev. Mr. Bissett, and Dr. Charlton, and Richard 
Harison, Josiah 0. Hoffinan, and Philip Van Renssellaer, Esq's, 
were elected. 

The Rev. f)r. Moore, Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Ireland, Rev. 
Mr. Bissett, Dr. Charlton, Richard Harison, and Henry Walton, 
Esq's, and Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen, were elected to represent 
this Church in the General Convention until the meeting of the 
next State Convention, and until a new election of Deputies take 
place. 

The Convention adjourned. 



THE CONSTITUTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

In tJie State of Nevj York. 



Article I. There shall be a Convention of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church in this State on the first Tuesday in October 
in each year, in such place as shall be determined by the Bishop 
for the time being. 

'^"Art. II. The Bishop shall have power to call Special Conven- 
tions when he may judge it conducive to the good of the Church, 
or when apphed to for that purpose by the Standing Com.mittee : 
And in case of a vacancy in the Episcopal Chair, the Standing 
Committee shall have power to call a Special Convention. 

Art. ni. The Convention shall be composed of the officiating 
ministers, being regularly admitted and settled in some church 
within this State which is in union wnth this Convention, and 
of lay members consisting of one or more delegates from each 



a 



80 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1796. 

church, to be chosen by the Vestry or Congregation : and clergy- 
men employed as missionaries under the direction of this Con- 
vention, and clergymen engaged as professors or instructors of 
youth in any college, academy, or general seminary of learning 
duly incorporated, may be members of the Convention. 

Art. IV. Every Convention shall be opened with prayers and 
a sermon ; and the preacher shall be nominated by the Bishop. 

Art. V. The Bishop shall preside in the Convention ; but in 
case of a vacancy or necessary absence, the members shall elect 
a President from among the Clergy. 

Art. VI. A Secretary shall be chosen upon the assembling of 
the annual Convention from among the members thereof, who 
shall remain in office until the meeting of the next Convention. 
His duty shall be to take minutes of their proceedings, to preserve 
their journals and records, to attest the public acts of the body, 
and faithfully to deliver into the hands of his successor, all books 
and papers relative to the concerns of the Convention, which may 
be in his possession : It shall also be his duty to give due notice 
to each Minister and Vestry of the time and place appointed for 
the meeting of the succeeding Convention. 

Art. VII. In all matters which shall come before the Conven- 
tion the Clergy and Laity shall deliberate in one body ; and in 
voting, the Clergy shall vote by individuals, and the Laity by con- 
gregations ; and when more than one church or chapel shall be 
united under one Vestry, the delegate or delegates of such Vestry 
shall be entitled to a vote for each church or chapel ; and a ma- 
jority of votes of the two orders jointly shall be decisive : But if 
in any case it be required by five votes, the two orders shall vote 
separately in the manner aforesaid, and the concurrence of a ma- 
jority of each order shall be necessary to constitute a decision. 
In the case of electing a Bishop, the two orders shall always vote 
separately, agreeably to the mode last prescribed. 

Art. Vin. The mode of altering this Constitution shall be as 
follows : — A proposition for an amendment shall be introduced in 
writing, and considered in the Convention ; and, if approved of, 
shall lie over to the next Convention ; and, if again approved of 
in the next ensuing Convention, by a majority of the two orders 
voting thereon separately, the change shall take place, and the 
Constitution so altered shall be valid and obligatory. 



1796.] OF fHE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 81 

CANONS 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 
In the State of New York. 



CANON I. 



"Whereas by a resolve of the last General Convention, held in 
Philadelphia, in the month of September, 1795, the Act entitled 
jin Act for supporting Missionaries to preach the Gospel on the 
Frontiers of the United States w'as repealed, as inconvenient and 
impracticable, and the appropriation of the money collected for 
that purpose in the several States ^vas remitted to the respective 
State Conventions, with a recommendation to prosecute that 
benevolent plan : 

It is hereby ordained and directed that a Committee consisting 
of three clergymen and three laymen, of which the Bishop of this 
Church for the time being shall be Chairman, shall be elected at 
each annual Convention, and shall continue in office until their 
successors shall be appointed. They shall be styled The Co7n^ 
mittee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating the 
Gospel in the State of Mew York ; and shall have power *o 
dispose of such monies as now are or hereafter shall be contribu- 
ted for the purpose aforesaid, in such way as they may judge most 
€xpedient, or according to such directions as may hereafter be 
given them by the Convention ; making a report to each annual 
Convention of their proceedings, and of the state of the funds. 
And the ministers of this Church are hereby required and enjoined 
in the month of September in each year to preach a sermon and 
make a collection in their respective congregations for carrying 
this laudable plan into effect, and to transmit the smns collected 
lo the Treasurer, who shall be appointed by the Committee. 

CANON n. 

Each minister in this Church shall in the month of May in 
each year, preach a sermon on the rights and duties which are 
peculiarly Episcopal, in which he shall lay before his congregation 
the dignity and usefulness of the office of a Bishop, and the ne- 
cessity of supporting it by their voluntary contributions. The 
money collected on these occasions shall be transmitted to the 
Treasurer of the Convention, to be held by him in trust for the 
Convention, and shall be permitted to accumulate without diminu- 
tion, till the annual profits oi the fund become adequate to the 



82 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC, [1796. 

support of a Bishop, and then, by mutual consent of the Bishop 
of this State for the time being and the Convention, the Bishop 
shall hold no parochial cure, but shall devote himself entirely to 
the duties which pertain to his Episcopal office. 

CANON III. 

When a Special Convention is called, it shall be the duty of 
the Secretary, in issuing the notifications, to specify the business 
and purposes for Vi^hich the Convention is assembled- 

CANON IV. 

In order to give effect to the fifteenth canon enacted by the 
General Convention in 1789, it is hereby required that each Min- 
ister of this Church shall keep a register of all the baptisms, 
marriages, and funerals solemnized by him in the discharge of his 
ministry ; specifying the names of the parties married, the name 
and time of the birth of the child baptized and the names of the 
parents, and the name of the person buried, and the time when 
each rite was performed ; which register shall be transcribed, at 
least once in every month, in a book to be kept for that purpose, 
belonging to the Vestry of each church. He shall also keep a 
register of the names of the communicants within his cure. And 
it shall be the duty of each minister to report annually to the 
!^shop, at the meeting of the Convention, the amount or sum 
total of said registers, and also the amount of the register of adults 
required to be kept by the aforesaid fifteenth canon of the General 
Convention, together with a written account of the state of his 
parish ; which reports shall be by the Bishop communicated to 
the Convention, and read in their presence, in order to promote a 
general knowledge of the state of the Church ; and shall after- 
wards be preserved by the Secretary among the records of the 
Convention. 

CANON V. 

As the edification of the people depends greatly on the orderly 
and devout celebration of public worship, it is hereby required and 
enjoined that each Minister shall, from time to time, explain to his 
congregation the Liturgy of the Church, either in regular sermons, 
or by occasional addresses ; laying before them the beauty, order, 
and fitness of its several parts, and urging them to a due observ- 
ance of the rubrics. 



FINIS, 



i? C U R T E E NT H C N V E NT I K. 



OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF A 

CONVENTIO 

'OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE Or NEAV YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK 

From Tuesday, October 3d, to Thursday, October 5th, 1797. 



.T 



3list of t??c i^cmucvj? of tfjc (Eonbcntion. 

C L E E G Y. 

The rdght Rev. Sam\iel Provoost, D, D., Bishop of the Protes-^ 
•tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York, and Rector of 
Trinity Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., Assistant Minister of Trinity 
■Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Benjamin Moore, D.D., Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, in the City of New York. 

Rev. Henry Vandyke, Rector of St. James' Church, Newtown. 

Rev. John Bissett, Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, in the 
City of New York. 

Rev. Samuel Nesbitt, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn. 

Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St John's Church, Yonkers, 
■and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

Rev. John Ireland, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West Chester. 

Rev. Elijah D. Rattoone, Rector of Grace Church, Jamaica, 
:and St. George's Church, Flushing. 

Rev. Frederick Van Home, Rector of St. Andrew's Church. 
Ulster county. 

Rev. Ammi Rogers, Rector of Christ Church, Ballston, 



S4 JOUR?IALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1797* 

Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of St. Peter's Chui'ch, Peeks- 
kill, and St. Philip's Church, Philipstown. 

Rev. John Urquhart, Rector of St. Ann's Church, FortHunter^ 
and St. John's Church, Johnstown. 

Rev. John Sayrs, Minister of Christ Church, Pcughkeepsie. 

LAITY. 

From Brookhaven, Mr. Richard De Wick. 

From Jamaica, Mr. Christopher Smithy and Mr. Edward Barden. 

From Flushing, John H. Smith, and Lewis Cornwall, Esq's. 

From Newtown, IVIr. David Titus, and John Delafield, Esq. 

From Brooklyn, Aquila Giles, Esq., and Messrs. John Van 
Nostrand, and John Fisher. 

From Staten Island, jMr. Alexander Cairns. 

From the City of New York, Dr. John Charlton, and Messrs. 
Hubert Van Wagenen, and Moses Rogers. 

From East Chester, William Popham, Esq., and Mr. Lancaster 
Underhill, 

From Yonkers, Mr. Shadwick Taylor. 

From New Rochelle, Mr. Frederick Guion. 

From Rye and White Plains, Mr. Jonathan Purdy. 

From Bedford and New Castle, WilHam Miller, Esq. 

From Franklin, Messrs. Uriah Mitchell, and Archibald Camp- 
bell. 

From Fishskill, Peter Mesier, Esq. 

From Coldenham, Mr. John J. Banks. 

From Beekmantown, Mr. Benjamin Snider. 

From Poughkeepsie, Mr. John Mott. 

From Milton, Dr. James Henderson. 

JOURNAL, &c. 

New York, Tuesday, October 3d, 1797, 

The Clergy and Delegates assembled in Trinity Church, at half- 
past ten o'clock, a. m. 

The Right Rev. Dr. Provoost, read prayers, and a sermon was 
preached by the Rev. Mr. Vandyke. 

After Divine service, the testimonials of the Delegates were 
read, and approved. 

The members then proceeded to the appointment of a Secretary; 
and Mr. Bisset was ehosen. 



1797.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 85 

The congregation of Christ Church in the town of Franklin, 
Dutchess county, was, on motion of the Rev. Mr. Rogers, and 
evidence stated by him and other members, recognised and re- 
ceived as a church in union with this Convention; and their 
Delegates, Mr. Uriah IMitchell and Mr. Archibald Campbell, were 
admitted to take their seats. 

On motion of the Rev. Mr. Ireland, 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be given to the 
Rev. Mr. Vandyke for his excellent sermon preached before them 
tliis day, and that he be requested to pubhsh the same. 

On motion of the Rev. Dr. ]\Ioore, the minutes of the last Con- 
vention, together with the Constitution and Canons, were read. 

Adjourned to half-past 10 o'clock to-morrow. 

Wednesday, Octobep. 4th, 1797. 

The Convention met. 

The Rev. Mr. Rattoone read prayers. 

A report was given in by the Committee of tlie Protestant 
Episcopal Church for Propagating the Gospel in the State of New 
York, accompanied with the minutes of the Committee, the letteis 
and journal of the Rev. Mr. Wetmore, and the Treasurer's account 
of the state of the funds ; all which were read, and approved by 
the Convention. 

The Convention then proceeded to the election of the Committee 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating the Gospel in 
the State of New York; and the Rev. Dr^ Moore, Rev. Dr. 
Beach, Rev. Mr. Bisset, Dr. Charlton, Mr. Van Wagencn, and Mr. 
David Clarkson, were chosen. 

The Treasurer gave a statement of his accounts and produced a 
certificate signed by two members of the Standing Committee, 
testifying that they were just and rigbt. 

Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be given to Mr. 
Van Wagenen for his faithful services as Treasurer. 

On motion of the Rev. Mr. Ireland, a canon was enacted for 
continuing the powers and functions of certain Committees and 
officers till a new election take place. 



E6 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1797,. 

The Rev. Mr. Rattoone proposed a canon for the better ascer- 
taining of the qualifications of candidates for Holy Orders ; the 
further consideration of which, after some discussion, was post- 
poned till to-morrow. 

Agreeably to the fourth canon enacted in the last Convention^, 
the Rev. Mr. Rogers and Rev. Mr. Ireland gave in to the Bishop 
the amount of their parochial registers, with a Avritten account of 
the state of their parishes. A similar retjirn which had been 
transmitted by the Rev. Mr. Thomas L. Moore, was also presented^ 
They were read in the Convention, and ordered to be filed by the- 
Secretary. 

Adjourned to ten o'clock, to-morrow. 



TuimsDA-Yy: October 5th, 1797.. 
The Con'V»®ntion met,. 
The Rev.. Mr. Rogers rsad prayers,- 

The Rev. Mr.. Rattoone, after some discussion of the subject^, 
agreed to the further postponement of the canon proposed by hini 
yesterday; and, 

On motion ,of Rev. Mr. Yandyke, seconded by Rev. Mr, 
Rattoone,. 

Resolvedy That the Clerical and. Lay Deputies from this Con- 
vention to the General Convention, be instructed to propose anJ 
advocate in that body the obtaining of a more effectual and 
guarded mode of ascertaining the qualifications of candidates for 
Holy Orders ; and that the Bishop be requested to use his influence- 
for the accomplishment of the same salutary p-arpose. 

The Right Rev. Dr.. Provoost, Rev. Mr. Nesbitt, Rev. Mr. 
Sayrs, and Rev. Mr. Van Home, gave in the amount of their 
paroehial registers.. 

The Rev. Dr. Moore eommunicated to tlie Convention a letter 
addressed to him by the Rev. Mr. Ellison, stating that some 
Lutheran clergymen had, in the name and on the behalf of the 
Consistory of the Lutheran Church in the State of New York, in- 
timated to him a desire to have it proposed to this Convention 
that their Church might be united with the Protestant Episcopal 
Church in this State, and that their ministers might receive 
Episcopal ordination : Whereupon; it was 



1797.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW TORK. S7 

Resolved, That the Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Mr. Ellison, and 
Rev. Mr. Rogers, be a Committee to meet such gentlemen of the 
Lutheran Church as may be duly appointed by their ecclesiastical 
authority to confer with them on this subject ; and that, should it 
appear to the Conferees on the part of this Church proper and 
necessary to obtain the interposition of the General Convention 
for the accomplishment of this object, they shall be empowered, 
with the consent and ad\'icc of the Bishop, to make application, in 
the name of this Convention, to that body at its meeting in Sep- 
tember next ; and that they shall make report of their proceedings 
to the next State Convention. 

The Convention proceeded to the appointment of the Standing 
Committee ; and the Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. 
Cooper, Rev. Mr. Bissett, Dr. Charlton, General Clarkson, and 
Guert Van Schoonhoven, and J. 0. HotFman, Esq's, were elected. 

The Convention proceeded to the election of Deputies to the 
General Convention ; and the Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Thomas L. 
^loore. Rev. Mr. Bissett, Rev. Mr. Rogers, Richard Harison, 
Henry Walton, John Delafield, Esq's, and Mr. Moses Rogers, 
xvere chosen. 

Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen was elected Treasurer. 

The Convention adjourned. 



CANON. 

It is hereby ordained that the Standing Committee, the Committee of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating the Gospel in the State of New 
York, the Deputies to the General Convention, the Treasurer, and the Secre- 
tary, shall continue in office, and exercise their respective functions during the 
year for which they are appointed, and until a new election take place. 



3soTE. — There do not appear to hare been any Conventions held in 1798, 1799, or 
3800. 



F I F T E E X T H C X V E N T I X. 
OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF A 

SPECIAL CONVENTION 

OP 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHUECH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

From Thursday, September 3d, to Saturday, September 5th, ISOl. 



Hist of tf)e erierfln anO of tljc 3Ltiv delegates 

WHO COMPOSED THIS CONVENTION. 

The Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church in the State of New York. 

Rev, Benjamin Moore, D. D., Rector of Trinity Church, in the 
City of New York. 

Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., ^ Assistant IMinisters of Trinity 

Rev. John Henry Hobart, and > Church, in the City of New 

Rev. Cave Jones, j York. 

Rev. Henry Vandyke, Rector of St. James' Church, Newtown. 

Rev. Elijah D. Rattoone, Rector of Grace Church, Jamaica, 
and St. George's Church, Flushing. 

Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead. 

Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, ^Yest Ches- 
ter, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church,. New 
Rochelle. 

Rev. John Ireland, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn. 

Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

Rev. Frederick Van Home, Rector of St. Andrew's Church. 
Orange count}-. 



1801.] JOURNALS OF THE CONTENTIONS, ETC. 89 

Rev. Robert G. Wetmore, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Schenectady, and Christ Church, Duanesburgh. 

Rev. Philander Chase, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, 
and Trinity Church, Fishkill. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

Dr. John Charlton, Robert Watts, Hubert Van Wagenen, and 
Richard Harison, Trinity Church, New York. 

David Titus, and David Purdy, St. James' Church, Newtown. 

Christopher Smith, and George Codwise, Grace Church, 
Jamaica. 

Lewis Cornell, John H. Smith, and John B. Hicks, St. George's 
Church, Flushing. 

John ]Moore, St. George's Church, Hempstead. 

Lancaster Underbill, St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

George Powers, William Grigg, and Robert Hodge, St. Ann's 
Church, Brooklyn. 

Augustus Van Cortlandt, and Abraham Fowler, St. John's 
Church, Yonkers. 

Samuel Guilford, and Peter Gerard Siuyvesant, St. George's 
Church, Schenectady. 

John Reed, Christ Church, Poughkeepsie. 

Peter ]\Iesier, Trinit}- Church, Fishkill. 

Thomas Bro^\-n, Joshua Purdy, and Andrew Ggden, Grace 
Church, Rye, and Church at White Plains. 

Joshua Lancaster, St. Peter's, and St. Phihp's, Peekskill and 
Philipstown. 

David Olmstead, Churches at Bedford and North- 
castle. 

Uriah Mitchell, Christ Church, Franklin. 

Peter Stuyvesant, and William Ogden, St. Mark's Church, 
Bowery, New York. 

New York, Thursday, September 3d, 1801. 

Agreeably to a notification of the Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, 
D. D., Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of 
New York, this being the day appointed for the meeting of a 
Special Convention of said Church, the Right Rev. Bishop Pro- 
voost, and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates, attended in 
Trinity Church, at half-past 10 o'clock a. m. 

The Rev. Mr. Ireland read prayers. 

After Divine service, the testimonials of the Delegates were 
read, and approved of. 



90 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1801. 

The Convention proceeded to the appointment of a Secretary, 
and the Rev. John Henry Hobart was chosen. 

The Right Rev. Bishop Provoost addressed the Convention, 
and resigned his Episcopal jurisdiction of this diocese. 

The Convention then proceeded to the choice of a President 
-pro tern., and the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Moore was chosen. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the Rev. Dr. Wilham Smith, of this city, and 
Mr. Andrew Beers, of St. Paul's Church, New Stamford, be ad- 
mitted as visitors to the sittings of this Convention. 

On motion of Mr. Harison, 

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to consider and re- 
port what measures are necessary to be pursued in the present 
situation of this Church. 

The following gentlemen were accordingly appointed by ballot, 
viz. : the Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Wilkins, 
Robert Watts, and Richard Harison, Esq's. 

The Convention adjourned to 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. 



FRmAY, September 4th, 1801. 

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. 

The Rev. Mr. Wilkins read prayers. 

The Committee appointed to consider and report what measures 
are necessary to be pursued in the present situation of this Church, 
made a report as follows, viz. : 

"The Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, D.D., having declared that 
he resigned his jurisdiction as Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church in this State, and having expressed his affectionate wishes 
for the prosperity of the Church in general, and the individual 
members of the Convention, 

" Resolved, That the Convention return their thanks to the 
Bishop for his kind wishes, and whilst they regret that he should 
have judged himself under the necessity of quitting so suddenly 
the exercise of the Episcopal office, and those solemn and impor- 
tant duties which are connected with it, they beg leave to assure 
him of their sincere and fervent prayers that Divine providence 



1801.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 91 

may so guide and govern him in all his ways, as will most con- 
duce both to his temporal and eternal felicity. 

"Resolvedy That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to 
Bishop Provoost by the Secretary of the Convention. 

" Resolved also. That it be recommended to the Standing Com- 
mittee to call a Special Convention, to meet in this city in the 
month of November next, for the purpose of choosing a suitable 
person to be consecrated as a Bishop, and to have the charge of 
the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New York." 

The preamble, and the first and second resolutions of the fore- 
going report were unanimously adopted by the Convention. The 
last resolution was rejected. 

On motion of Mr. Harison, 

Resolved, That this Convention will proceed to-morrow morn- 
ing to the election of a suitable person to be recommended for 
consecration as Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in this 
State. 

A memorial was preseiited from the Corporation of Christ 
Church, in the city of New York, on the situation of their church. 

On motion of the Rev. Mr. Hobart, 

Resolved, That this Convention cannot, with propriety, act 
upon the memorial from the Corporation of Christ Church while 
this Church is destitute of a Bishop. 

The Treasurer presented his accounts, wnth the following state- 
ment from two of the members of the Standing Committee, viz. : 

" We, the subscribers, two of the Standing Committee of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of 
New York, appointed to examine the accounts of the Treasurer 
of said Convention, do certify, that we have carefully examined 
the same from the 4th day of October, 1797 (being the last time 
the same was examined), to this day, and find that the Treasurer 
has at present out on interest the sum of nine hundred and twenty 
pounds, and in his hands one hundred and thirty-one pounds 
twelve shiHings and four pence, ready to put out as soon as an 
opportunity shall offer. Witness our hands, this 3d day of Sep- 
tember, 1801. 

,e- n ABRAHAM BEACH, 

(Signed) BENJAMIN MOORE." 



92 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [180L 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of this Convention be 
returned to Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen for his faithful services as 
Treasurer. 

The Convention took into consideration a resolution of the last 
General Convention, proposing an alteration in the first Article 
of the General Constitution ; whereupon, 

On motion of the Rev. Mr. Hobart, 

Resolved, That the Delegates from this State to the General 
Convention be instructed to oppose and vote against the proposed 
alteration in the first Article of the General Constitution, so far as 
respects the alteration of the time of meetings of the Convention 
from three to every five years. 

Tlie following gentlemen were appointed, by ballot, a Commit- 
tee to consider what instructions should be given to the Delegates 
from this State to the General Convention, on the subject of Arti- 
cles of Religion, viz. : the Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Dr. Moore, Rev. 
Mr. Wilkins, Rev. Mr. Hobart, and Rev. Mr. Ireland. 

The Convention adjomned to 9 o'clock to-morrow morning. 



Saturday, September 5th, 1801. 

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. 
The Rev. Mr. Van Dyke read prayers. 

The Committee appointed to consider and report what instruc- 
tions should be given to the Delegates from this State to the 
General Convention, on the subject of Articles of Religion, made a 
report, which was read and adopted, as follows : 

" That the Delegates to the General Convention from this State 
be instructed to advocate and vote for the adoption of the Articles 
of Religion of the Church of England, except such parts as may 
affect the political government of this country." 

The following gentlemen were chosen, by ballot, Delegates to 
the General Convention, viz. : the Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. 
Wilkins, Rev. Mr. Ireland, Rev. Mr. Hobart, John Reed, William 
Ogden, Robert Watts, and Aquila Giles, Esq's. 

The following gentlemen were chosen, by ballot, members of 
the Standing Committee, viz. : Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Rat- 
toone, Rev. Mr. Hobart, Rev. Mr. Jones, Dr. John Charlton, Gen. 
Matthew Clarkson, Richard Harison, and William Ogden, Esq's. 



1801.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 93 

The Convention then proceeded, by ballot, to the choice of a 
person to be recommended for consecration as Bishop of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church in this State, and, on counting the votes, 
it appeared that the Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Rector of Tri- 
nity Church, in the city of New York, was unanimously chosen 
by Clergy and Laity. 

The following gentlemen were chosen, by ballot, " The Com- 
mittee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating the 
Gospel in the State of New York;" agreeably to the first canon 
of the Church, in this State, passed in the year 1796, viz. : the 
Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Hobart, Rev. Mr. Jones, Dr. John 
Charlton, Hubert Van Wagenen, and David M. Clarkson, Esq's. 

The members then proceeded to sign the testimonial required 
by the canon of the General Convention in favour of the Rev. 
Benjamin Moore, D. D., Bishop elect of this Church. 

The Rev. Mr. Wilkins proposed the following resolutions, the 
consideration of which was postponed, viz.: 

1. That no Lay Delegates be admitted to a seat in the Conven- 
tion, in future, but such as are communicants of this Church, and 
have been so for at least one year previous to their appointment, 
to be certified by the Rector, the Chiu-chw^ardens and Vestry of 
the parish by whom they are delegated ; and that no parish, not 
having a Rector or regular Episcopal clergyman settled among 
them, shall have a right of delegation while remaining in that 
state. 

2. That whenever two or more parishes are united in the sup- 
port of one Minister or Rector, they shall be considered, in respect 
to delegation to the Convention, as only one parish. 

Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen was re-elected Treasurer. 

The Convention adjourned. 



APPENDIX. 



The Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Bishop elect of the Church 
in this State, was consecrated in St. Michael's Church, Trenton, 
New Jersey, on Friday, the 11th of September, 1801, by the 
Right Rev. Bishop White, of Pennsylvania, presiding Bishop, the 



94 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [I8OI. 

Right Rev. Bishop Claggett, of INIaryland, and the Right Rev, 
Bishop Jarvis, of Connecticut, as appears by the certificate of 
consecration, which follows : 

"■ Know all men by these presents, that we, William White, 
D. D., Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of 
Pennsylvania, presiding Bishop ; Thomas John Claggett, D. D., 
Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of ]\Iary- 
land ; and Abraham Jarvis, D. D., Bishop of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Church in the State of Connecticut ; under the protection 
of Almighty God, in St. Michael's Church, in the city of Trenton,, 
on Friday, the 11th day of September, in the year of our Lorl 
one thousand eight hundred and one, did then and there rightly 
and canonically consecrate our beloved in Christ, Benjamin 
Moore, D.D., Rector of Trinity Church, in the city of New York, 
of whose sufficiency in good learning, soundness in the faith, and 
purity of manners, we were fully ascertained, into the office of 
Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New 
York, to which the said Benjamin Moore, D. D., hath been elect- 
ed by the Convention of the said State, in consequence of the in- 
ability of the Right Rev. Bishop Provoost, and of his declining 
all Episcopal jurisdiction within the said State. 

" In testimony whereof, we have signed our names, and caused 
our seals to be affixed. 

" Given in the city of Trenton, this eleventh day of Septem- 
ber, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred 
and one. 

"WILLIAM WHITE, L. S. 

« THOMAS J. CLAGGETT, L. S. 

" ABRAHAM JARVIS. L. .S.'" 



CONSTITUTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

In the United States of America. 



[See Journal of 1791, page 60.] 



ISOL] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 95 

CANONS, 

FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PROT. EPISCOPAL CHURCH 

IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 

The following Canons were agreed on, and ratified in the General Convention 
of said Church, held in the City of Philadelphia, from the 29th day of Sep- 
tember to the 16th day of October, 1789, inclusive. 



CANON I. 
Of the Orders of the Ministers in this Church. 

In this Church there shall always be three orders in the minis- 
try, viz., Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. 

CANON II. 
Certificates to be produced on the part of Bishops elect. 

Every Bishop elect, before his consecration, shall produce to 
the Bishops, to whom he is presented for that holy office, from J;he 
Convention by whom he is elected a Bishop, and from the General 
Convention, or a Committee of that body, to be appointed to act 
in their recess, certificates respectively, in the following words, 
viz. : 

Test im on 1/ from the Members of the Convention in the State, from iclience the 
Person is recommended for Consecration. 

We, whose names are underwritten, fully sensible how im- 
portant it is that the sacred office of a Bishop should not be 
unworthily conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to 
bear testimony on this solemn occasion, \^dthout partiality or affec- 
tion, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify, that A. B. is 
not, so far as we are informed, justly liable to evil report, either 
for error in rehgion, or for viciousness of life ; and that we do not 
know or believe there is any impediment or notable crime, for 
which he ought not to be consecrated to that holy office. We do 
moreover jointly and severally declare, that, having personally 
known him for three years last past, we do in om* consciences be- 
lieve him to be of such sufficiency in good learning, such soundness 
in the faith, and of such vhtuous and pure manners, and godly 
conversation, that he is apt and meet to exercise the office of a 
Bishop, to the honour of God, and the edifying of His Church, and 
to be an wholesome example to the flock of Christ. 

Testimony from tlie General Convention. 
We, whose names are underwritten, fully sensible how impor- 
tant it is that the sacred office of a Bishop should not be unworthily 



96 JOURNALS OF THE C0N\TiNT10NS [1801. 

conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear our 
' testimony on this solemn occasion, without partiality or affection, 
do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify, that A. B. is not, so far 
as we are informed, justly liable to evil report, either for error in 
religion, or for viciousness of life ; and that we do not know or 
believe there is any impediment or notable crime, on account of 
which he ought not to be consecrated to that holy office, but that 
he hath, as we believe, led his hfe, for three years last past, pious- 
ly, soberly, and honestly. 

CANON III. 
Of Episcopal Visitation, 
Repealed by Canon I. of 1795. 

CANON IV. 
Of the Age of those who are to be Ordained or Consecrated, 
Repealed by Canon III. of 1795. 

« CANON V. 

Of tlie Titles of those who are to be Ordained. 

No person shall be ordained either Deacon or Priest, unless he 
shall produce a satisfactory certificate from some church, pari^ 
or congregation, that he is engaged with them, and that they will 
receive him as their minister, and allow him a reasonable support ; 
or unless he be engaged as a professor, tutor, or instructor of 
youth, in some college, academy, or general seminary of learning, 
duly incorporated ; or unless the Standing Committee of the 
Church in the State, for which he is to be ordained, shall certify 
to the Bishop their full belief and expectation that he will be re- 
ceived and settled as a pastor, by some one of the vacant churches 
in that State. 

CANON VI. 

The Testimonials to be Produced on the part of those ivko are to be Ordained, 
Repealed by Canon II. of 1795. 

CANON VII. 
Of the Learning of those who are to be Ordained. 
Repealed by Canon IV. of 1795. 

CANON VIII. 
Of the stated Times of Ordination. 

Agreeably to the practice of the primitive Church, the stated 
times of Ordination shall be on the Sundays following the Ember 
vfeokSf.viz. : the ^second Sunday m^ Lent, the Feast of Trinity, 



1801.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. W7 

and the Sundays after the Wednesdays following the fourteenth 
day of September, and the thirteenth of December. 

CANON IX. 
(Jf those who, having been Ordained by foreign Sishops, settle in this Church. 

No person, not a member of this Church, who shall profess to 
be Episf;opalIy ordained, shall be permitted to othciate therein, 
until he shall have exhibited to the Ve-stry of the church, in which 
he shall offer to officiate, a certificate, signed by the Bishop of the 
diocese or district, or, where there is no Bishop, by three clergy- 
men of the Standing Committee of the Convention of that State, 
that his letters of orders are authentic, and given by some Bishop 
whose authority is acknowledged by this Church, and also satis* 
factory -evidence of his moral character. 

CANON X. 
Of the Use of tlie Book of Common Prayer. 

Every minister shall, before all sermons and lectures, use the 
Book of Common Prayer, as the same shall be set forth and esta-- 
blished by the authority of this, or some future General Convention; 
and until such establishment of an uniform Book of Common 
Prayer in this Church, every minister shall read the Book of 
Common Prayer directed to be used by the Convention ol' the 
Church in the State in w^hich he resides ; and no other prayer 
shall be used besides those contained in the said book. 

CANON XI. 
ijfthe Bvttj of Ministers, in regard to Episcopal Visitations. 

It shall be the duty of ministers to prepare children and others 
for the holy ordinance of Confirmation. And on notice being re- 
ceived from the Bishop, of his intention to visit any church, which 
notice shall be at least one month before the intended visitation, 
the minister shall be ready to present, for Confirmation, those who 
shall have been previously instructed for the same ; and shall 
deliver to the Bishop a list of the names of those presented. 

And at every visitation it shall be the duty of the Minister, and 
of the Churchwardens, to give information to the Bishop of the 
state of the cono-reo'ation, under such heads, as shall have been 
<;ommitted to Ihem in the notice given as aforesaid. 

And further, the min'stei-s and Churchwardens of such congre- 
gations as cannot be conveniently visited in any year, shall bring, 
or send to the Bishop, at the stated meeting of the Convention of 
the diocese or district, information of the state of the congregation, 
under such heads as shall have been committed to them, at least 
one month before the meeting of the- Convention. 



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CANON XII. 

Notorious Crimes and Scandals to be Censured. 

If any persons within thi& Church offend their brethren by any 
wickedness of life, such persons bhall be repelled from the Holy 
Communion, agreeably to the rubric, and may be further prO" 
ceedcd against, to the depriving of them of all privileges of Church 
membership, according to such rules of process as may be pro- 
vided, either by the General Convention, or by the Conventions in. 
the different States. 

CANON XIII. 
Sober Conversation required in Ministers^ 

No ecclesiastical persons shall, other than for their honest ne" 
cessities, resort to taverns, or other places most liable to be abused 
to licentiousness. Further, they shall not give themselves to any 
base or servile labour, or to drinking or riot, or to the spending 
of their time idly. And if any offend in the above, they shall be 
liable to the ecclesiastical censure of admonition, or suspension, 
or degradation, as the nature of the ease may require, and accord- 
ing to such rules or process as may be provided, either by the 
General Convention, or by the Conventions in the different States, 

CANON XIV. 
Of the due Celebration of Sundays. 

All manner of persons within this Church shall celebrate ancf 
keep the Lord's Day, commonly called Sunday, in hearing the 
word of God read and taught, in private and public prayer, in 
other exercises of devotion, and in acts of charity, using all^ godly 
and sober conversation, 

CANON XV. 
Ministers to keep a Register. 

Every minister of this Church shall keep a register of baptisms,- 
marriao-es, and funerals within his cure, agreeably to such rules as- 
may be provided by the ecclesiastical authority where his cure 
lies ; and if none such be provided, then in such a manner as, in 
his discretion, he shall think best suited to the uses of such a 
register. 

And the intention of the register of baptisms is hereby declared 
to^ be, as for other good uses, so especially for the proving of the 
right of Church membership of those who may have been admit- 
ted into this Church by the holy ordinance of Baptism. 

And further, every minister of this Church shall, within a rea- 
sonable time after the publication of this canon, make out and 
continue a list of all adult persons within his cure ; to remain for 



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the use of his successor, to be continued by him, and by every 
future minister in the same parish. 

And no minister shall place on the said list the names of any 
persons, except of those, who, on due inquiry, he shall find to have 
been baptised in this Church; or who, having been otherwise 
baptised, shall have been received into this Church, either by the 
holy rite of Confirmation, or by receiving the Holy Communion, or 
by some other joint acts of the parties and of a minister of this 
Church ; whereby such persons shall have attached themselves to 
the same. 

CANON XVI. 
A List to be made, and published, of tlie Ministers of this Church. 

The Secretary of the General Convention shall keep a register 
of all the Clergy of this Church whose names shall be delivered 
to him, in the following manner ; that is to say — Every Bishop 
of this Church, or, where there is no Bishop, the Standing Com- 
mittee of that diocese or district, shall, at the time of every General 
Convention, deliver, or cause to be delivered to the Secretary, a 
list of the names of all the ministers of this Church in their proper 
diocese or district, annexing the names of their respective cures, 
or of their stations in any colleges or other incorporated semina- 
ries of learning, or, in regard to those who have not any cures or 
such stations, their places of residence only. And the said list 
shall, from time to time, be published on the Journals of the 
General Convention. 

And further, it is recommended to the several Bishops of this 
Church, and to the several Standing Committees, that, during the 
intervals between the meetings of the General Convention, they 
take such means of notifying the admission of ministers among 
them, as, in their discretion respectively, they shall think eflfectual 
to the purpose of preventing ignorant and unwary people from 
being imposed on, by persons pretending to be authorized ministers 
of this Church. 

CANON XVII. 

Notice to be given of the Induction and Dismission of Ministers. 

It is hereby required, that, on the induction of a minister into 
any church or parish, the parties shall deliver, or cause to be de- 
livered to the Bishop, or to the Standing Committee of the diocese 
or district, notice of the same in the following form, or to this 
effect. 

We, the Churchwardens {or, in case of an Assistant Minister, 
we, the Rector and Churchwardens) do certify to the Right Rev. 
{naming the Bishop) that {naming the person) has been duly 
■chosen Rector {or Assistant Minister, as the case may be) of 
(naming the church or churches.) 



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Which certificate shall be signed with the names of those whc 
certify. 

And if the Bishop, or the Standing Committee, be satisfied that 
the person so chosen is a qualified minister of this Church, he 
shall transmit the said certificate to the Secretary of the Conven- 
tion, who shall record it in a book to be kept by him for that 
purpose. 

But if the Bishop, or the Standing Committee, be not satisfied as 
•above, he or they shall, at the instance of the parties, proceed to 
inquire into the sufficiency of the person so chosen, according to 
such rules as may be made in the States respectively, and shall 
confirm or reject the appointment, as the issue of that inquiry 
may be. 

Passed October 16th, 1789. 
House of Bishops. 

SAMUEL SEABURY, Bp. Connect. Pres. 
WILLIAM WHITE, Pennsylvania. 
Attested, JOSEPH CLARKSON, Secretary. 

House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. 

WILLIAM SMITH, President. 
Attested, FRANCIS HOPiaNSON, Secretary 



ADDITIONAL CANONS, 

Passed 1792. 

CANON I. 
Of Clergymen claiming to be Ministers of this Church. 

For a more full accomplishment of the good purposes to be' 
answered by the 16th canon, enacted by the last General Con- 
vention, it is hereby required, that every clergyman, claiming to 
be a minister of this Church, shall deliver in his name to the 
Bishop, or, if there be no Bishop, to the Chairman, or some mem- 
ber of the Standing Committee, of the Church in the State in 
which he resides, on or before Easter Monday, 1793 ; or, if he be 
not within any of the States which have acceded to the Constitu- 
tion of this Church, then within three months after he shall come 
to reside in any of the said States. And every clergyman, during 
his neglect of conformity to this canon, shall not be known as a 
clergyman of this Church, or be admitted to minister in any office 
of the same. 



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CANON II. 
Of a Clergifman in any Diocese chargeable with Misdemeanor in any other. 

If a clerg}'raan of the Church, in any diocese or district within 
this union, shall, in any other diocese or district, conduct himself 
in such a way as is contrary to the rules of this Church, and dis- 
graceful to his office, the Bishop, or, if there be no Bishop, the 
Standing Committee, shall give notice thereof to the ecclesiastical 
authority of the diocese or district to which such offender belongs, 
exhibiting, with the information given, the proofs of the charges 
made against him. 

CANON III. 

Of publishing the Sentence of Degradation against a Clergyman. 

Whenever a clergyman shall be degraded, agreeably to the 
canons of any particular Church in the union, the Bishop who 
pronounces sentence shall, without delay, cause the sentence of 
degradation to be published from every pulpit where there may 
be an officiating minister, throughout the diocese or district in 
which the degraded minister resided ; and also shall give inform- 
ation of the sentence to all Bishops of this Church ; and, where 
there is no Bishop, to the Standing Committee. 

CANON IV. 

Of the Declaration which may he prefixed to certain Signatures. 

In regard to the first certificate required in favour of a Bishop 
elect, by the 2d canon of the last General Convention, and the 
certificate required in favour of a candidate for Priests' or Dea- 
cons' orders, by the 6th canon ; if there be any members of the 
bodies respectively concerned, who have not the requisite per- 
sonal knowledge of the parties, such persons may prefix the 
following declaration to their signatures : 

" We believe the testimony contained in the above certificate ; 

and we join in the recommendation of A. B. to the office of , 

on sufficient evidence offered to us of the facts set forth." 

Provided, that in the case of a Priest or Deacon, two at least 
of the Standing Committee sign the same, as being personally 
acquainted with the candidate. 

The above canon is repealed, in part, by CaiK)n IL of 1795. 

CANON V. 
Of the Officiating of Strangers. 
No stranger shall be permitted to officiate in any congregation 
of this Church, without first producing the evidences of his being 
a minister thereof to the minister, or, in case of vacancy or ab- 
sence, to the Churchwardens, Vestrymen, or Trustees of the con- 



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gregation. And in case any person not regularly ordained shal! 
assume the ministerial office, and perform any of the duties tliereof 
in this Church, the minister, or in case of vacancy or absence, the 
Churchwardens, Vestrymen, or Trustees of the congregation, 
where such offence may be committed, shall cause the name of 
such person, together wath the offence, to be published in as 
many of the public papers as may be convenient. 

CANON VI. 
Of one Clcrgipnan officiating within the Parochial Cure of ajiot/ier Clergyman. 
Repealed by Canon V. of 1795. 

House of Bishops. 

SAMUEL PROVOOST, President. 
Attested, L. CUTTING, Secreta^-y. 

House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. 

WILLIAM SMITH, President. 
Attested, J. BISSET, Secretary. 



CANONS 
Passed 1795. 

CANON I. 
Of Episc opa I Visitation . 

Every Bishop in this Church shall visit the churches withiw 
his diocese or district, for the purpose of examining the state of 
his Church, inspecting the behaviour of the Clergy, and adminis- 
tering the Apostolic rite of Confirmation. And it is deemed proper 
that such visitations be made once in three years at least, by every 
Bishop, to every church within his diocese or district, which shall 
make provision for defraying the necessary expenses of the 
Bishop at such visitation. And it is hereby declared to be the 
dut}^ of the Minister and Vestry of every church or congregation 
to make such provision accordingly. 

The Bishop of any Diocese, State, or District, may, on the 
invitation of the Convention, or Standing Committee of the Church 
in any State where there is not a Bishop, visit and perform the 
Episcopal offices in that State, or part of the State, as the case 
may be, provision being made for defraying his expenses as 
aforesaid ; and such State, or part of a State, shall be considered 
as annexed to the district or diocese of such Bishop, until a Bishop 



1801.3 OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 103 

is duly elected and consecrated for such State, or until the invita- 
tion £r\\en by the Convention or Standing Committee be revoked. 
But it is to be understood, that to enable the Bishop to make the 
aforesaid visitations, it shall be the duty of the Clergy, in such 
reasonable rotation as may be devised, to officiate for him in any 
parochial duties which belong to him. And no State shall pro- 
ceed to the election or appointment of a Bishop, unless there be 
at least six presbyters residing and officiating therein^ a majority 
of whom, at least, shall concur in such election. But the Con- 
ventions of two or more States, having together nine or more 
settled and officiating presbyters, may associate, and join in the 
election of a Bishop. 

The third canon of the year 1789 is hereby rescinded. 

CANON II. 
Of tlie Testimonials to be Produced on tJie pmi of those who are to be Ordained. 

Every candidate for Holy Orders shall be recommended to the 
Bishop by a Standing Committee appointed by the Convention 
of the Church in that State wherein he resides, which recom- 
mendation shall be signed by the names of a majority of the 
Committee, and shall be in the following words : — 

" We, whose names are hereunder written, testify, that A. B, 
hath laid before us satisfactory testimonials, that for the space 
■of three years last past, he hath lived piously, soberly, and ho- 
nestly ; and hath not written, taught, or held any thing contrary' 
to the doctrine or discipline of the Protestant Episcopal Church ; 
and moreover we think him a person worthy to be admitted to 
the sacred order of . In witness whereof we have hereunto 

set our hands this <3ay of , in the year of our Lord ." 

But before a Standing Committee in any State shall proceed to 
recommend any candidate, as aforesaid, to the Bishop, such candi- 
date shall produce, from the Minister and Vestry of the parish 
where he resides, or from the Vestry alone, if the parish be vacant ; 
or, if there be no Vestry, from at least twelve respectable persons 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the neighbourhood in 
which he resides, testimonials of his good morals and orderly 
i;onduct for three years last past, and that he has not, so far as 
they know and believe, written, taught or held any thin^ con- 
trary to the doctrine or discipline of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church ; a publication of his intention to apply for Holy Orders 
liaving been previously made by such Minister or Vestry. He 
shall also lay before the Standing Committee testimonials to the 
same effect, signed by at least one respectable clergyman of the 
Protestant Episcopal" Church in the United States, from his per- 
sonal knowledge of the candidate for at least one year. 



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In every State, in which there is no Standing Committee, such 
Conaraittee shall be appointed at its next ensuing Convention; andy 
in the mean time, every candidate for Holy Orders shall be re- 
commended according to the regulations or usage of the Church 
in each State, and the requisitions of the Bishop to whom he 
applies. 

The 6th canon, passed in October, 1789, eonceming the " tes- 
timonials t'o be produced on the part of those who are to be 
ordained," and so much of the 4th canon, passed in 1792, as 
relates to the subject of this canon, are hereby rescinded. 

CANON IIL 
OftJw Age of those who are to be Ordained or Consecrated. 

Deacons' orders shall not be conferred on any person until he 
shall be twenty-one years old, nor Priests' orders on any one until 
he shall be twenty-four years old ; and unless he shall have been, 
a Deacon one year, No roan shall be consecrated a Bishop of 
this Church until he shall be thirty years old. 

The 4th canon of the year 1789 is hereby rescinded, 

CANON IV. 
Of tine Learning of those who are to be Ordairted. 

No person shall be ordained in this Church, until he shall have 
satisfied the Bishop znd the two presbyters, by whom he shall be 
examined, thai he is well acquainted with the holy scriptures, 
•can read the New Testament in the original Greek, and give an 
account of his faith in the Latin tongue; and that he hath a 
competent knowledge of natural and moral philosophy and 
Church histoiy, and hath paid attention to composition and pul- 
pit eloq'dence, as means of giving additional efficacy to his la- 
bours ; [unless the Bishop shall judge it proper to dispense with 
the above requisites in part, in consideration of certain other 
qualifications in the candidate peculiarly fitting him for the Gos- 
pel ministry.] 

The 7th canon of the year 1789 i& hereby rescinded. 
JV. B. The last clause of this canon marked thus [] was repealed 
hy the 4th canon of 1799, 

CANON V. 

Of tfte officiating of Minivers of this Church in the Churches, or within tfur 
Parochial Cures, of other Clergymen. 

No clergyman belonging to this Church shall officiate, either by 
preaching or reading prayers, in the parish or within the paro- 
chial cure, of another clergyman, unless he have received express- 



1801.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 105 

permission for that purpose from the minister of the parish or cure, 
or, in his absence, from the Churchwartlcns and Vestrymen, or 
Trustees of the congregation. But if any minister of a church 
shall, from inability, or any other cause, neglect to perform the 
regular services to his congregation, and shall refuse his consent 
to any other minister of this Church to officiate within his cure, 
the Churchwardens, Vestrymen, or Trustees of such congregation, 
shall, on proof of such neglect and refusal before the Bishop of 
the diocese, or, if there be no Bishop, before the Standing Com- 
mittee, or before such persons as may be deputed by him or them, 
or before such persons as may be, by the regulations of this 
Church in any State, vested with the power of hearing and 
deciding on complaints against clergymen, have power to open 
the doors of their churches to any regular minister of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church. 

The 6th canon of 1792 is hereby rescinded. 

CANON VI. 

Of the Preparatory Exercises of a Candidate for the Ministry. 

Every candidate for the ministry shall give notice of his inten- 
tion to the Bishop, or to such body as the Church in the State in 
which the candidate resides may have appointed to superintend the 
instruction of candidates for Holy Orders, at least one year before 
his ordination. And if there be a Bishop within the State or Dis- 
trict where the candidate resides, he shall apply to no other Bishop 
for ordination, without the permission of the former. And the 
said candidate shall pass through the preparatory exercises which 
the Bishop, or such body aforesaid, may appoint ; such as com- 
posing of theses, homilies, or sermons, one or more, to be de- 
livered, either publicly or privately, in his or their presence, at 
such time or times as may be appointed by the authority afore-, 
said. 

And this canon shall be in force from and after the first day of 
January next. 

CANON VII. 

For tite better accomplishing of the Objects of the 6th Canon of 1792. 

Whereas there is no provision made in the " 6th canon of 
1792," for the case of such a vicinity of two or more churches, 
as that there can be no local boundaries drawn between their 
respective cures, it is hereby ordained, that in every such case, no 
minister of this Church, other than the parochial Clergy of the 
said cures, shall preach within the common limits of the same, in 
any other place than in one of the churches thereof, without the 
consent of the major number of the parochial Clergy of the said 
churches. 



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CANON VIII. 

Toprsvenf a Congregation, in any Diocese or State, to unite with a Church in 
any other Diocese or State. 

Whereas a question may arise, whether a congregation within 
the diocese of any Bishop, or within any State in which there is 
not yet any Bishop settled, may unite themselves with the Church 
in any other Diocese or State ; it is hereby determined and de- 
clared that all such unions shall be considered as irregular and 
void; and that every congregation of this Church, shall be 
considered as belonging to the body of the Church of the diocese, 
or of the State within the limits of which they dwell ; or within 
which there is seated a church to which they belong. And no 
clergyman having a parish or cure in more than one State, shall 
have a seat in the Convention of any State, other than that in 
which he resides. 

CANON IX. 

/b empower the Bishop in each Diocese or District to compose Forms of Prayer 
or TJianksgiving for extraordinary Occasions. 

The Bishop of each diocese or district may compose forms of 
prayer or thanksgiving, as the case may require, for extraordinary 
occasions, and transmit them to each clergyman within his diocese 
or district, whose duty it shall be to use such forms in his church 
on such occasions. And the Clergy in those States in which 
there is no Bishop, may use the form of prayer or thanksgiving 
composed by the Bishop of any other State. 

Done in Convention, and signed by order of the House of 
Btshops. 

WILLIAM WHITE, D. D., Presidi^ig Bishop. 

WILLIAM SMITH, D. D., 

President of the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. 



CANONS 

Passed 1799. 

CANON I. 

Of the Mode of calling Special Meetings of the General Convention. 

The right of calling special meetings of the General Conven- 
tion shall be in the Bishops. This right shall be exercised by the 
presiding Bishop, or, in the case of his death, by the Bishop who, 
according to the rules of the House of Bishops, is to preside at 
the next General Convention ; provided, that the summons shall 
be with the consent, or on the requisition of a majority of the 
Bishops, expressed to him in writing. 



1801.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK, 107 

The place of holding any Special Convention shall be that 
fixed on by the preceding General Convention, for the meeting 
of the next General Convention, unless circumstances, to be 
judged of by the Bishops, shall render a meeting at such place 
unsafe ; in which case the Bishops shall appoint some other place. 

CANON ir. 

Of the Consecration of Bishops in the Recess of the General Convention. 

If, during the recess of the General Convention, the Church in 
any State should be desirous of the consecration of a Bishop, the 
Standing Committee of the Church in such State may, by their 
President, or by some other person, or persons, specially appointed, 
communicate the desire to the Standing Committees of the churches 
in the different States, together with copies of the necessary testi- 
monials : and if the major number of the Standing Committees 
shall consent to the proposed consecration, the Standing Com- 
mittee of the State concerned may communicate the evidences of 
such consent, together with the other testimonials, to any three 
Bishops of this Church, who may thereon proceed to the conse- 
cration. The evidences of the consent of the different Standing 
Committees shall be in the form prescribed for the General 
Convention in the " 2d canon of 1789 :" and without the afore- 
said requisites, no consecration shall take place during the recess 
of the General Convention. 

CANOxN III. 
Explanatory of Part of the 1st Canon of 1795. 

No clergyman, employed by the year, or for any limited time, 
shall be considered as a regularly officiating and resident minister 
of the Church in any State, for the purpose expressed in the two 
concluding sentences of the 1st canon of 1795, entitled, " a canon 
concerning Episcopal Visitation." 

CANON IV. 

Repealing in part the 4th Canon of 1795, concerning the Learning of those 
who are to be Ordained. 

Whereas, by the canon of 1795, entitled, " of the learning of 
those who are to be ordained," a power is vested in Bishops of 
dispensing with certain enumerated requisites in part, which power 
is not only too indefinitely expressed, but may be abused ; so much, 
therefore, of the said canon as authorises Bishops to dispense with 
any of the qualifications required in candidates for Holy Orders, is 
hereby repealed. 

Bif Order of the Honse of Bishops. 

WILLIAM WHITE, D. D., Presiding Bishop. 
By Order of the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. 

WILLIAM SMITH, D. D., President. 



108 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1801. 

CANONS 

Passed 1801. 

CANON I. 

Respecting those who discontinue all Exercise of the Ministerial Offixe 
ivithout lawful Cause, ^'c. 

If any person, having been ordained in this Church, or having 
been otherwise regularly ordained and admitted a minister in this 
Church, shall discontinue all exercise of the ministerial office with- 
out lawful cause, or shall avow that he is no longer a minister of 
this Church, or shall live in the habitual disuse of the public wor- 
ship, or of the Holy Eucharist, according to the offices of this 
Church — such person, on due proof of the same, or on liis own 
confession, shall be liable to be degraded from the ministry. 

CANON II. 
Limiting the Operation of the 4th Canon of 1795. 
The Bishop of this Church, in any State, with the advice and 
consent of all the clerical members of the Standing Committee of 
his diocese, may dispense with the knowledge of the Latin and 
Greek languages, and other branches of learning not strictly 
ecclesiastical, which are required by the 4th canon of 1795. 

CANON III. 

Prescribing the Mode of Publishing authorised Editions of the Common 
Prayer Book, ^c. 

The Bishop of this Church, in any State, or, where there is no 
Bishop, the Standing Committee, are authorised to appoint, from 
time to time, some suitable person or persons to compare and cor- 
rect all new editions of the Common Prayer Book, Book of Offices, 
&c., by some standard book ; and a certificate of their having 
been so compared and corrected shall be published with said books. 
And in case any edition shall be published without such correc- 
tion, it shall be the duty of the Bishop, or, where there is no 
Bishop, of the Standing Committee, to give public notice that such 
edition is not authorised by the Church. The Bishop of this 
Church, in Pennsylvania, is hereby authorised to set forth an edi- 
tion of the Articles of Religion, which, w^hen published, shall be 
the standard copy. The octavo edition of the Common Prayer 
Book, published in New York in 1793, by Hugh Gaine, and the 
quarto edition of the Book of Offices, &c., of the same year, pub- 
lished in the same place, are hereby established as standard books, 
with the exception of errors evidently typographical ; the correc- 
tion of which errors is confided to such person or persons as the 
Bishop or Standing Committee may appoint for superintending 
any publication. 



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CANON IV. 

Making an Addition to the 1st Canon of 1795, concerning Episcopal 

Visitation. 

It shall be the duty of every Bishop of this Church to keep a 
res^ister of his proceecUngs at every visitation of his diocese, and 
particularly of the names and age of the persons confirmed, and to 
report a copy of such register to the House of Bishops, at every 
triennial meeting of the General Convention of this Church, in 
order that the same may be communicated to the House of Cleri- 
cal and Lay Deputies, to be preserved among the general records 
of the Church. 

The above canons passed in Convention, September, 1801. 

By order of the House of Bishops. 

WILLIAM WHITE, D.D., Presiding Bishop. 

By Order of the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. 

ABRAHAM BEACH, D.D., President. 



A PRAYER 

To be used at tlie Meetings of Convention, adopted in General Convention, 

1799. 

Almighty and everlasting God, who, by thy Holy Spirit, didst 
preside in the council of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, 
through thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with thy Church to the end 
of the world ; we beseech thee to be present with the council of 
thy Church here assembled in thy name and presence. Save 
them from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice ; and of thy 
great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech thee, so to direct, sanctify, and 
govern us in our present work, by the mighty power of the Holy 
Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly 
preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the 
breaking down the kingdom of sin, satan, and death; till at length 
the whole of thy dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, 
shall become partakers of everlasting life, through the merits and 
death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen. 



RESOLUTION 

Of tlie Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 
the United States of America, in Convention, in the City of Trenton, th£ 
11th day of September, in the year of our Lord 1801, respecting Articles of 
Religion. 
The Articles of Religion are hereby ordered to be set forth with 

the following directions to be observed m all future editions of the 

same ; that is to say — 



110 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [180L 

The following to be the title, viz. : 

"Articles of Religion, as established by the Bishops, the Clergy, 
and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United 
States of America, in Convention, on the 12th day of September, 
in the year of our Lord 1801." 

The Articles to stand as in the Book of Common Prayer of the 
Church of England, with the following alterations and omissions, 
viz. : 

In the 8th Article, the word three in the title, and the words 
three — Athanasius^ Creed) in the article, to be omitted, and the 
article to read thus : 

"Art. 8. 
" Of t lie Creeds. 

" The Nicene Creed, and that which is commonly called the 
Apostles' Creed, ought thoroughly to be received and believed ; 
for they may be proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scrip- 
ture." 

Under the title, "article 21," the following note to be inserted, 
viz. : 

" The 21st of the former articles is omitted, because it is partly 
of a local and civil nature, and is provided for, as to the remaining 
parts of it, in other articles." 

The 35th article to be inserted with the following note, viz. : 

" This article is received in this Church, so far as it declares the 
books of homilies to be an explication of Christian doctrine, and 
instructive in piety and morals. But all references to the Consti- 
tution and laws of England are considered as inapplicable to the 
circumstances of this Church, which also suspends the order for 
the reading of said homilies in churches until a revision of thera 
may conveniently be made, for the clearing of them, as well from 
obsolete words and phrases, as from the local references." 

The 36th article, entitled, " Of Consecration of Bishops and 
Ministers," to read thus : 

" The book of consecration of Bishops, and ordering of Priests 
and Deacons, as set forth by the General Convention of this Church 
in 1792, doth contain all things necessary to such consecration 
and ordering ; neither hath it any thing that, of itself, is supersti- 
tious and ungodly : and, therefore, whosoever are consecrated or 
ordered according to said form, we decree all such to be rightly, 
orderly, and lawfully consecrated and ordered." 

The 37th article to be omitted, and the following substituted in 

its place : 

" Of the Power of the Civil Magistrate. 

" The power of the Civil Magistrate extendeth to all men, as 
well Clergy as Laity, in all things temporal, but hath no authority 



1801.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. Ill 

in things purely spiritual. And we hold it to he the duty of all 
men who are professors of the Gospel, to pay respectful obedience 
to the civil authority, regularly and legitimately constituted." 

Adofted by the House of Bishops. 

WILLIAM WHITE, D. D., Presiding Bishop. 
Adopted by the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. 

ABRAHAM BEACH, D.D., President. 



CONSTITUTION 

Of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New York, as adopted 
October 11, 1796. 

[See Journal of 1796, page 79.] 



CANONS 

Of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New York. 

Canons passed 1796. 

[See Journal of 1796, page 81.] 



CANON 

Passed 1797. 

[See Journal of 1797, page 87.] 



SIXTEENTH convention; 



OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK i 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

On Tuesday, October 5lh, and 'Wednesday, October 6th, A. D. 1802. 



ai.^t of tlje ©lerflj) an» 3laH Dclcsatcs 

WHO COMPOSED THE CONVENTION. 

The Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochellc 

The Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Richard Bradford, Rector of St Luke's Church, Cats- 
kill. 

The Rev. Philander Chase, Rector of Christ Church, Pough- 
keepsie, and Trinity Church, Fishkill. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

The Rev. WilHam Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, Bowery, 
New York. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead. 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart, an Assistant Minister of Trinit); 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. John Ireland, Rector of St. Ana's Church, Brooklyn. 

The Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant Mimsier of Trinity Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Bethel Judd, Rector of Christ Church, Hudson. 

The Rev. Joseph Pilmore, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 



1802.] JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. ll^ 

The Rev. Evan Rogers, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 

The Rev. Henry Van Dyke, Rector of St. James' Church, New- 
town. 

The Rev. Frederick Van Home, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, 
Orange county. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West 
Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The Rev. Robert G. Wetmore, Rector of Christ Church, 
Duanesburgh, and St. George's Church, Schenectady. 



LAY DELEGATES. 

Christ Church, Hudson, Wilham E. Norman. 

Christ Church, New York, George Warner, George Donii- 
nick. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, J. Davis. 

Grace Church, Jamaica, Christopher Smith, John Motley. 

St. Andrew's Church, Orange county, Thomas Colden. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, J. Van Buskirk, N. Brit- 
ton, W. B. Gifford, G. W. Barnes. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Robert Hodge, William Grigg. 

St. George's Church, Flushing, John H. Smith. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, Thomas Clowes, Richard 
Thorn e. 

St. George's Church, Schenectady, Samuel Gilford. 

St. James' Church, Newtown, David Purdy. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers, Abraham Fowler, Isaac Lau- 
rence. 

St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, Peter G. Stuyvesant. 

St. Mark's Church, Bowery, New York, Peter Stuyvesant, 
Wilham A. Hardenbrook. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill, Peter Mesier. 

Trinity Church, New York, John Charlton, Robert Watts, 
Hubert Van Wagenen. 

Churches, at Bedford and Newcastle, William Miller. 

Churches, in Otsego county, James Morris. 



New York, Tuesday, October 5th, 1802, A. M. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in this State, the 
Right Rev. Bishop Moore, and several of the Clergy and Lay 
Delegates, attended in Trinity Church, where prayers were read by 



114 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1802. 

the Rev. Mr. Harris, and a sermon delivered by the Right Rev. 
Bishop Moore. 

After Divine service, the Convention assembled, and the certi- 
ficates of the several Lay Delegates were read, and approved of. 

The Bishop informed the Convention that he considered the 
following clergymen as regular clergymen of this Church, and 
duly inducted into their respective parishes ; and they took their 
seats in Convention accordingly : viz., the Rev. William Harris, 
Rector of St. Mark's Church, Bowery ; Rev. Bethel Judd, Rector 
of Christ Church, Hudson ; Rev. Evan Rogers, Rector of Christ 
Church, Rye; Rev. Richard Bradford, Rector of St. Luke's 
Church Cattskill. It also appeared that this latter church was 
duly incorporated, and it was recognized and received into union 
with this Convention. 

The Convention then proceeded to the choice of a Secretary, 
and the Rev. John Henry Hobart was duly chosen. 

On motion, 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of this Convention be 
returned to the Right Rev. Bishop Moore, for his sermon preached 
before them this day, and that he be requested to furnish a copy 
of it for publication. 

On motion, 

Resolved unanimously. That the Rev. Mr. Seabury, of Con- 
necticut, be admitted as a visitor to the sittings of this Convention. 

The memorial of the Corporation of Christ Church, in the city 
of New York, presented to the last Convention, was called up 
and read ; and, on motion. 

Resolved unanvmously , That when the Bishop shall express to 
this Convention that he is satisfied with the acknowledgments 
made to him by the rector and congregation of Christ Church, 
the said rector and congregation be received into communion 
with the Church. 

The Secretary was ordered to furnish the rector of Christ 
Church with a copy of this resolution. 

The resolutions relative to the quahfications of Lay Delegates, 
&c. to a seat in the Convention, which were proposed at the last 
Convention, and postponed, were called up ; and a division of 
them being required, the Convention took into consideration the 
following resolutions, viz. : 



1802.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 115 

Resolved, That no Lay Delegates be admitted to a seat in this 
Convention, in the future, but such as are communicants of this 
Church, and have been so for at least one year previous to their 
appointment, to be certified by the Rector, the Churchwardens 
and Vestry of the parish by whom they are delegated. 

Without coming to a decision on this resolution, the Convention 
adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 



Wednesday, October 6th, 1802. 

The Convention met. 

The Rev. Mr. Judd read prayers. 

The Bishop informed the Convention that the rector and con- 
gregation of Christ Church had made to him acknowledgments 
which he deemed satisfactory. Accordingly, in pursuance of the 
resolution of yesterday, the Rev. Joseph Pilmore, Rector of Christ 
Church, took his seat in the Convention : and the certificate of 
the Lay Delegates from the said church was read, and approved 
of. 

The resolution under consideration yesterday, recurring, the 
following resolution was proposed and unanimously adopted in its 
stead, viz. : 

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Convention that the 
welfare and prosperity of the Church require, and it is in itself 
proper and right, that no Lay Delegates should be sent to this 
Convention, but such as are communicants of this Church, and 
have been so at least for one year previously to their appointment. 
And that it be recommended to the several parishes to adopt this 
principle, and, as far as possible, to carry it into effect in their 
future delegations. 

The Convention unanimously adopted the following proposed 
canons, viz. : Canons prescribing the mode of presenting and try- 
ing clergymen ; a Canon enjoining it on the Clergy to officiate 
occasionally in vacant parishes ; and a Canon regulating the 
mode in which alms and contributions at the Holy Communion 
are to be apphed. 

The Treasurer presented the following statement of the funds 
for the support of the Episcopate, viz. : 

" We the subscribers, two of the Standing Committee of the Convention ol 
the Episcopal Church in the State of New York, appointed to examine the ac- 
counts of the Treasurer of said Convention, do certifv, that we have examined 



116 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1802. 

the same from the third day of September last to this day, and do find them 
just and ri^ht, and that the Treasurer has at present out on interest (on good 
security shown to us) the sum of twelve hundred and twenty pounds, and that 
the Treasurer is at present in advance the sum of fiive pounds, two shillings 
and five pence. Witness our hands, this fifth day of October, 1802. 

"ABRAHAM BEACH, 
"J. H. HOBART." 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be returned to the 
Treasurer for his attention and services. 

The Clergy present were separately called upon to inform the 
Convention whether they had, in their respective churches, during 
the past year, preached the sermons, and made the collections 
prescribed by the first and second canons of the Church in this 
State, passed in 1796. Agreeably to the fourth canon of the same 
year, several of the Clergy reported to the Bishop their parochial 
registers, which were read, and ordered to be preserved by the 
Secretary, among the records of the Convention. And the delin- 
quent Clergy were ordered to transmit their returns, without delay, 
to the Secretary-. 

The Convention unanimously adopted a proposed Office of In- 
duction into the rectorship of parishes ; and a proposed canon 
prescribing the use of the said office at the induction and settle- 
ment of every rector. 

The minutes of the proceedings of the Standing Committee for 
the past year, and of the Committee for Propagating the Gospel, 
were read. From these last minutes it appeared that the Rev. 
Davenport Phelps, Deacon, was employed as a missionary on the 
frontiers of the State, subject to instructions delivered to him by 
the Bishop : and from several communications from him it appeared 
that he was zealously prosecuting the objects of his mission. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, members of the 
Standing Committee : Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Hobart, Rev. 
Mr. Jones, Rev. Mr. Harris, Dr. Charlton, Richard Harison, 
Matthew Clarkson, and Wilham Ogden, Esq's. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, members of " the 
Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propapating 
the Gospel in the State of New York," agreeably to the first canon 
of the Church in this State, of 1796, viz. : the Rev. Dr. Beach, 
Rev. Mr. Jones, Rev. Mr. Hobart, Dr. John Charlton, Hubert Van 
Wagenen, and David M. Clarkson, Esq's. The Bishop being, ex 
officio, a member and President of the Committee. 



1802.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 117 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Delegates to the 
General Convention : Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Wilkins, Rev. 
Mr. Hobart, Rev. Mr. Harris, John Reed, Hubert Van Wagenen, 
Robert Watts, and William Ogden, Esq's. 

Mr, Hubert Van Wagenen was unanimously re-elected Trea- 
surer of the Convention. 

The Journals of the Convention, and the Office of Induction, 
were ordered to be printed. 

The Bishop expressed to the Convention his satisfaction at the 
unanimity and harmony which had prevailed during the sitting, 
and his earnest wish and expectation that every individual would 
zealously endeavour to advance the interests of Religion and the 
Church. 

The Convention rose. 

Attested, J. H. HOBART, Sec'y. 



APPENDIX. 



RESOLUTION 

Passed at this Convention, October, 1802. 

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Convention, that the 
welfare of the Church requires, and it is in itself proper and right, 
that no Lay Delegates should be sent to this Convention, but such 
as are communicants of this Church, and have been so for at least 
one year previously to their appointment. And that it be recom- 
mended to the several parishes to adopt this principle, and, as far 
as possible, to carry it into effect in their future delegations. 



CANONS 

Passed at this Convention, October, 1802.. 
The first four Canons prescribe the mode of trying Clergymen, 

CANON I. 
Of Presentments. 

Every trial of a clergyman in this Church for misbehaviour 
"shall be on presentment made to the Bishop by the Convention, 



118 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1802. 

by the Vestry of the parish to which a clergyman belongs, or by 
three or more presbyters of the Church. In every presentment 
the charge or charges shall be distinctly specified. 

CANON II. 
Of the Trial of a Clergyman. 

For the trial of a clergyman, the Bishop shall nominate eight 
presbyters, out of whom the person accused may choose five ; or 
if he neglect or refuse to do this, the Bishop shall appoint five ; 
who shall be constituted a Board for trying the accused person. 
The Bishop shall appoint the time and place of trial, of both 
which at least a month's notice shall be given to the party ac- 
cused ; and should he neglect or refuse to attend, the trial shall 
proceed. The Board thus constituted, or any three of them, shall 
examine fully the charges alleged, and keep a minute and accurate 
record of the testimony of witnesses, and of every question and 
proceeding that comes before them. No charge shall be sub- 
stantiated on a testimony of less than two witnesses. On the ex- 
amination of any witness, should the accused party require it, an 
oath or affirmation shall be administered by a magistrate. In all 
questions, a majority of the whole Board shall be necessary to a 
decision. The Board having come to a decision on the charge 
or charges respectively, shall communicate this decision to the 
Bishop ; and also, in case they have found the accused person 
guilty, the sentence which in their opinion should be pro- 
nounced. A certified copy of the record of their proceedings 
shall be laid before the Bishop, and his judgment in the case is 
to be final. 

CANON III. 

Of the Sentence to be pronounced on a Clergyman found guilty of Mis- 
behaviour. 

This sentence may be admonition, suspension, or degradation 
from the ministry, or excommunication, and shall be pronounced 
by the Bishop only in convocalion. 

CANON IV. 
Of the Presentment and Trial of a Bishop. 

Presentment of the Bishop of this Church shall only be made 
by the Convention of this State to three or more Bishops of the 
Church in the United States, who shall proceed in the case as 
they may think proper. 

CANON V. 

Enjoining it on the Clergy to officiate occasionally in Vacant Parishes. 

It is hereby enjoined on every clergyman in this diocese to 
officiate at least once in every three months in some of the vacant 



1802.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 119 

parishes in his neighbourhood, and to render to the Convention, 
at every annual meeting, a statement of the parishes in which he 
has officiated. And unless the parishes make provision for defray- 
ing his expenses, the Committee of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church for Propagating the Gospel in this State shall be answer- 
able for them. 

CANOV VI. 

Directing the Mode in which Alms and Contributions at the Holy Communion 
are to be applied. 

Whereas doubts have arisen as to the mode in which alms and 
contributions at the administration of the Holy Communion are to 
be applied ; it is hereby declared, that they shall be deposited 
wdth the minister of the parish, to be applied to such charitable 
and pious purposes as he may think proper. And he shall an- 
nually exhibit to the Vestry an account of the money received 
and expended. 

CANON VII. 
Prescribing the Office of Induction. 

No minister shall be considered as regularly inducted or settled 
hereafter, as the rector of any parish, except he has been inducted 
or settled according to the Office of Induction, prescribed by this 
Convention. 

Attested, J. H. HOBART, 

Secretary of the Convention. 



SEVENTEENTH CONVENTION. 



JOURIfAZi 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION. 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

HJSLS IN ST. PETER'S CHURCH, ALBANY, 

On Tuesday, October 4tb, and Wednesday, October Stb, 1803. 



SDList of ti)e ffllcrjjw antr 3la2 JBclesates 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany. 

The Rev. Richard Bradford, Rector of St. Luke's Church, 
Cattskill. 

The Rev. Philander Chase, Rector of Christ Church, Pough- 
keepsie, and Trinity Church, Fishkill. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

The Rev. William Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, Bowery, 
New York. 9 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of St. John's Church, Otsego, 
St. Luke's, Richfield, and Harmony Church, Butternutts. 

The Rev. Davenport Phelps, Missionary in the western parts 
of the State. 

The Rev. Joseph Pihnore, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 



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The Rev. Gamaliel Thatcher, Rector of Christ Church, Balls- 
town, St. James' Church, Milton, and St. John's Church Still- 
water. 

The Rev. John Urquhart, Principal of the Jonhstown Academy. 

The Rev. Frederick Van Home, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, 
Orange county. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West 
Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

'^LAY DELEGATES. 

Christ Church, Ballstown, Henr}' Walton, Eliud Davis. 

Christ Church, Hudson, William E. Norman. 

Christ Church, New York, George Warner. 

St. George's Church, Schenectady, John W. Browm, Richard 
Wiggins. 

St. James' Church, Goshen, William M. Thompson. 

St. James' Chiu-ch, Milton, Nathan Worden. 

St. John's Church, Johnstowm, William Egan, Joseph Newton. 

St. John's Church, Otsego, Joseph TimnichfF. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers, Brabazen Noble. 

St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, John Blanchard, James Bell. 

St. Luke's Church, Richfield, Ezben Pringle. 

St. Paul's Church, Paris, Gideon Seymour. 

St. Peter's Chm-ch, Albany, John Stevenson, Goldsborough 
Banyer. 

St. Paul's Church, Stamford, Andrew^ Beers. 



Albany, Tuesday, October 4th, 1803. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and the city of 
Albany having been appointed by the Bishop as the place of 
meeting, several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates attended, in the 
morning, the consecration of St. Peter's Church, in said city, by 
the Right Rev. Bishop Moore, when prayers were read by the 
Rev. Mr, Harris, and a sermon delivered by the Rev. Mr. Hobart 
In the afternoon prayers were read by the Rev. Mr. Cooper, and 
a sermon on the occasion of the opening of the Convention was 
delivered by the Rev. Mr. Wilkins. 

After Divine service the Convention assembled, and the cer- 
tificates of the several Lay Delegates were read, and approved of. 

The Convention proceeded to the choice of a Secretary and 



122 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1803. 

Treasurer, when the Rev. John H. Hobart was chosen Secretary, 
and Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen, Treasurer. 

The certificate of the incorporation of St. James' Church, 
Goshen, was read. This church was accordingly recognized and 
received into union with the Convention. 

The Convention adjourned unto to-morrow morning. 



Wednesday, October 5th, 1803. 

The Convention attended Divine service on the occasion of the 
induction of the Rev. Frederick Beasley into the rectorship of St. 
Peter's Church, when prayers were read by the Rev. Mr. Wilkins, 
the induction performed by the Rev. Mr. Hobart, and a sermon 
delivered by the Rev. Mr. Harris. 

After Divine service the Convention assembled, and the certifi- 
cate of induction of the Rev. Frederick Beasley into the rectorship 
of St. Peter's Church being read, he was admitted to a seat in the 
Convention. The Convention then adjourned to four o'clock in 
the afternoon. 



Wednesday, October 5th, 1803, 4 o'clock P. M. 
The Convention met. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be returned to the 
Rev. Mr. Wilkins, for his sermon delivered yesterday at the open- 
ing of the Convention, and that he be requested to furnish a copy 
for publication. 

The minutes of the Standing Committee, and of the Committee 
for Propagating the Gospel in the State of New York, and also 
communications from the Rev. Mr. Phelps, a missionary, contain- 
ing an account of his transactions on his mission, were severally 
read. 

A canon was proposed, and unanimously adopted, directing 
that the parochial reports prescribed by the fourth canon of the 
Church in this State, of 1796, should be regularly inserted on the 
Journals. 

A resolution was proposed, and unanimously adopted, recom- 
mending to the Clergy to present, with their next parochial 



1803.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 123 

reports, a view of * their respective congregations since their 
foundation. 

A canon was proposed, and adopted, enjoining it on the Clergy 
to attend the Convention, and recommending to the respective 
parishes to make provision for their expenses. 

The Clergy were called on for their parochial reports, which 
were accordingly rendered. And they also rendered an account 
of the collection in their respective churches for the Episcopate 
and Missionary Funds, and an account of the different vacant 
parishes in which they had officiated during the past year. 

The following gentlemen were chosen, by ballot, delegates to 
the General Convention : Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Wilkins, 
Rev. Mr. Hobart, Rev. Mr. Harris, Robert Watts, William Ogden, 
Henry Walton, John Reed. 

The following gentlemen were chosen, by ballot, members of 
the Standing Committee : Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Harris, Rev. 
Mr. Jones, Rev. Mr. Hobart, Dr. Charlton, [Richard Harison, 
Mathew Clarkson, and William Ogden. 

The following gentlemen were chosen, by ballot, members of 
the Committee for Propagating the Gospel in the State of New 
York : Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Hobart, Rev. Mr. Jones, Dr. 
Charlton, H. Van Wagenen, and D. M. Clarkson. The Journals 
of the Convention were ordered to be printed. 

The Bishop addressed the Convention, congratulating them on 
the flom'ishing state of the diocese, and enforcing the necessity of 
continued zeal and exertion in advancing the interests of Religion 
and the Church. 

The Convention rose. 

Attested, J. H. HOBART, Sec'y. 



APPENDIX 



RESOLUTION 

Passed at this Convention, October, 1803. 

Resolved, That it be earnestly recommended to the Clergy, to 
present, with their next parochial reports, a view of their respec- 
tive congregations since their foundation, as far as they may be 



124 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1803. 

able to obtain information ; stating particularly the time when the 
chm-ches were built, the names and succession of the rectors and 
ministers, the names of those who have been benefactors to the 
churches, and generally whatever information may tend to throw 
light on the history of their respective parishes. 



CANONS 

Passed at this Convkntion, October, 1803. 

CANON I. 
TJie Parochial Reports of the Clergy to be inserted regularly on the Journals. 

It is hereby ordered, that the parochial reports which the 
Clergy, by the fourth canon of the Convention of this State of 
1796, are required to render annually to the Convention, shall be 
regularly printed with the Journals, after they have undergone 
the inspection and approbation of the Convention. 

CANON II. 

The Clergy required to attend the Meetings of the Convention, and Provision 
to he made for tlteir Expenses. 

Whereas the regular attendance of the Clergy at the meetings 
of the Convention is of essential consequence to the interests of 
the Church, this duty is hereby enjoined on them. At the open- 
ing of every Convention the names of the Clergy entitled to seats 
in the Convention shall be called over, the absentees noted, and 
at the ensuing Convention they shall be called upon for the reasons 
of their absence. It is hereby earnestly recommended to the dif- 
ferent parishes to make provision for the expenses of their Clergy 
and Lay Delegates in attending the Convention, either by a 
collection for the purpose on a Sunday, or out of the funds of 
their churches. 

Attested, J. H. HOBART, Sec'y, 



EIGHTEENTH CONVENTION. 



JOUHNAI. 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK, 

From Tuesday, October 2d, to Thursday, October 4Ui, 1804. 



3List of tl)c dcrfla? «intr 3lag JBeltQutes 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Peter Anthony Albert, Rector of the French Church 
Du St. Esprit, New York. 

The Rev. Edmund D. Barry, Assistant Minister of do. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle. 

The Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Richard Bradford, Rector of St. Luke's Church, 
Cattskill. 

The Rev. Abraham Lynsen Clarke, Rector of St. James' 
Church, Newtown, and St. George's Church, Flushing. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers, 

The Rev. Wilham Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, Bowery, 
New York. 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. John Ireland, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn. 



126 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1804 

The Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Bethel Judd, Rector of Christ Church, Hudson. 

The Rev. Richard Channing Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's 
Church, Staten Island. 

The Rev. Joseph Pilmore, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. Evan Rogers, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 

The Rev. George Strebeck, Deacon, officiating in the congre- 
gations at Bedford and its vicinity. 

The Rev. Frederick Van Home, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, 
Orange county. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

Bedford and Northcastle, the United Churches, William Mil- 
ler. 

Brooklyn, St. Ann's Church, William Grigg, Robert Hodge, 
WiUiam Furman. 

Flushing, St. George's Church, John H. Smith, William 
Prince. 

Hempstead, St. George's Church, George Hewlett, James 
Gildersleeve. 

Jamaica, Grace Church, James Mackarel, David Rowland. 

New Rochelle, Trinity Church, David Coutant. 

Newtown, St. James' Church, John Alsop. 

New York, Christ Church, George Warner, George Domi- 
nick. 

New York, Du St. Esprit, Richard Harison, John Kemp. 

New York, St. Mark's Church, Bowery, Peter Stuyvesant. 

New York, Trinity Church, John Charlton, H. Van Wagenen, 
John Onderdonk. 

North Salem, St. James' Church, Joshua Purdy. 

Rye, Christ Church, John Haight. 

Staten Island, St. Andrew's Church, James Guion, George Vv. 
Barne, Ab. Van Buskirk, John Van Buskirk. 

Yonkers, St. John's Church, Shadrach Taylor, Frederick 
Underbill. 



New York, October 2d, 1804. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of 
New York, and the city of New York having been appointed by 
the Bishop as the place of meeting; the Right Rev. Bishop 



1804.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 127 

Moore, and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates attended at 
10 o'clock A. M. in Trinity Church ; when prayers were read by 
the Rev. Bethel Judd, Rector of Christ Church, Hudson, and a 
sermon, on the occasion of the meeting of the Convention, deliver- 
ed by the Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, 
Yonkers. 

After Divine service, the Convention assembled, and the follow- 
ing named Clergy appeared, and took their seats : 

The Rev. Peter Anthony Albert, Rector of the French Church 
Du St. Esprit, New York ; Rev. Edmund D. Barry, Assistant 
Minister of ditto; Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity 
Church, New Rochelle ; Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., an Assistant 
Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Richard Bradford, 
Rector of St. Luke's Church, Cattskill ; Rev. Abraham Lynsen 
Clarke, Rector of St. James' Church, Newtown, and St. George's 
Church, Flushing ; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's 
Church, Yonkers ; Rev. William Harris, Rector of St. Mark's 
Church, Bowery, New York; Rev. John Henry Hobart, an 
Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. John Ire- 
land, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev. Cave Jones, 
an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Bethel 
Judd, Rector of Christ Church, Hudson ; Rev. Richard Channing 
Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island; Rev. 
Joseph Pilmore, Rector of Christ Church, New York ; Rev. Evan 
Rogers, Rector of Christ Church, Rye ; Rev. George Strebeck, 
Deacon, officiating in the congregations at Bedford and its vicinity ; 
Rev. Frederick Van Home, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Orange 
county. 

The following named Clergy entitled to seats in the Convention 
did not appear : 

Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector of St. Peter's Church, Albany ; 
Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Professor of Moral Philosophy, &c., in 
Columbia College; Rev. Philander Chase, Rector of Christ 
Church, Poughkeepsie, and Trinity Church, Fishkill ; Rev. Seth 
Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead ; Rev. Jonathan 
Judd, Deacon, Missionary; Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of the 
Churches, Otsego county; Rev. Joseph Perry, New Stamford; 
Rev. Davenport Phelps, Missionary ; Rev. Gamaliel Thatcher, 
Missionary; Rev. John Urquhart, Principal of the Academy, 
Johnstown ; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The certificates of the appointment of the several Lay Delegates 
were read, and approved of. 



128 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1804. 

The Convention proceeded to the choice of a Secretary and 
Treasurer, when the Rev. John Henry Hobart was chosen Secre- 
tary, and Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen Treasurer. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be presented to 
the Rev. Mr. Cooper, for his sermon dehvered before the Conven- 
tion, and that he be requested to furnish a copy for publication. 

The Clergy were called on for their parochial reports, and for 
the history of their respective parishes, agreeably to a resolution 
of the last Convention. Several of these parochial reports and 
histories were read ; when the Convention adjourned to 10 o'clock 
to-morrow morning. 



Wednesday, October 3d, 1804, 10 o'clock A. M. 

The Convention met, and prayers were read by the Rev. Mr. 
Moore. 

The Convention finished the reading of the parochial reports 
and history of the congregations of the Church. 

The following resolutions were moved and seconded : 
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Convention prepare, before 
its next annual meeting, a proper book, in which the views of the 
several congregations of the Church, presented to this body pur- 
suant to a resolution of the last Convention, together with the 
parochial reports, and any similar documents, may be recorded for 
the use of the Church, under the orders of any future Convention. 

The question being taken on the above resolution, it was de- 
termined in the affirmative. 

Resolved, That such vieios as have been already presented be 
laid before the next State Convention; and that, in the mean 
time, the Clergy be at liberty to correct their respective state- 
ments, if they shall judge it necessary. 

The question being taken on the above resolution, it was de- 
termined in the affirmative. 

Resolved, as the sense of this body, That no publication ex- 
cept communications from the Bishop, ought to be sanctioned by 
an order of Convention, until the same shall have been submitted 
to, and received the approbation of a select Committee, to be 
appointed by the Bishop, or, in case there is no Bishop, by the 
President of the Convention. 



1804.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 129 

The sense of the Convention was taken by orders on the ques- 
tion, " Shall the question on this resolution be now put ?" and 
there not being a concurrence of both orders against taking the 
question on the above resolution, the question recurred on the 

resolution. 

It was then moved and seconded, that the aforesaid resolution 
be postponed. The question on this motion was taken by orders, 
and there not being a concurrence of both orders in favour of the 
motion, it was lost. 

The question was then talcen on the resolution, by orders, and 
there not being a concurrence of both orders in favour of the 
resolution, it was lost. 

The Convention then adjourned until to-morrow morning, nine 
o'clock. 

Thursday, October 4th, 1804, 9 o'clock A. M. 

The Convention met, and prayers were read by the Rev. Mr. 
Jones. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to investigate the 
claim of the Church at Newburgh to some land in the neighbour- 
hood of said town, and to take such steps in the same as they 
may think proper. The Bishop, in conjunction with Dr. Beach, 
the Rev. Mr. Van Home, and Richard Harison, Esq., were ap- 
pointed the Committee. 

The certificates of the incorporation of St. Paul's Church, 
Claverack, and St. Paul's Church, Warwick, were read, and the 
said Churches received into union with the Convention. 

The following report from the Bishop and Committee for Pro- 
pagating the Gospel, &c., was presented, and read : 

" The Bishop and Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propa- 
gating the Gospel in the State of New York, agreeably to the requisition of the 
canon providing for their appointment, make the following report of their pro- 
ceedings, and of the state of the funds: 

" There have been four missionaries who have acted under the direction of 
the Committee since the last Annual Convention. 

" The Rev. Davenport Phelps, who has been emplo)'ed as a missionary for 
these three years past, has continued his labours during the past year in the 
western part of the State. From October, 1803, to April, 1804, the date of the 
last accounts from him, he had performed Divine service at Paris, at Hamilton, 
at Sullivan, and at Pompey; and at each of these settlements had baptised 
several children, and at Paris had administered the Holy Communion. He 
also states, that a church had been organized in the town of Manlius, and that 
there appeared a disposition to organize, at a favourable period, churches in 



130 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1804, 

other towns. By a reference in one of his letters to a letter which the Com- 
mittee have not received, it appears that he had visited and re-visited several 
of the new settlements, as he hopes, to some good purpose. The family of 
Mr. Phelps residing out of the State, his necessary attention to them has some- 
what interfered with the business of his mission. The Committee, however, 
have reason to expect that he removed his family the last spring into this State, 
and that, during the summer, he has been discharging the duties of his mission 
with that zeal and activity which have hitherto uniformly distinguished him. 

"Mr. Jonithan Judd, who was ordained Deacon in February last, was en- 
gaged by the Bishop and Committee as a missionary. Since he entered on his 
mission, he has performed Divine service at Lebanon Springs, Schenectady, 
Troy, Lansingburgh, Stephentown, several places in the vicinity ol Hudson, 
Balltown, Charltown, New Stamford, and, in August last, at Chenango. This 
last place he visited by the special direction of the Bishop, who had received a 
letter from the Vestry of the congregation there, praying, in the most respectful 
and urgent terms, for ministerial aid. The congregation there, though destitute 
for several years of the ministrations of the Priesthood, had regularly assembled 
on Sundays, when the prayers of the Church and sermons were read. Their 
pious zeal and attachment lo the Church were thus kept alive. They received 
Mr. Jndd with the greatest cordiality and affection ; and he has reason to expect 
that good effects will arise from his ministrations, &c., among them. After 
leaving Chenango, Mr. Judd visited Paris, Cambden, Townships Nos. 7 and 8, 
tJtica, and Redfield; and after setting out on his journey to LowvilJe, a town 
on the Black river, was obliged to return on account of the badness of the 
road. Mr. Judd states, that at Utica they were building a church ; and at 
Paris their diligence and zeal were worthy of high commendation. He expected 
to be engaged till the last of October in visiting the churches at Lowville, at 
Oaondago, at Norwich in the county of Chenango, and those below upon the 
Mohawk. At the different places which he visited he baptised several chil- 
dren. Mr. JuJd's communications are very full and satisfactory, and the 
Bishop and Committee have every reason to be satisfied with his diligenc* and 
zeal in his mission. i 

" The Rev. Gamaliel Thatcher was engaged as a missionary the beginning 
of June, and has since performed Divine service, at various times, at Schenec- 
tady, at Johnstown, at Stillwater, at Schactecoke, at Balltown, at Utica, at 
Litchfield, and at Milton. In the district in which these places are situated 
Mr. Thatcher appears to have diligently laboured. He baptised several chil- 
dren and adults; and, on Tuesday, August 14, he organized a church at Utica, 
by the name of Trinity Church. 

"The Rev Georgp Strebeck, Deacon, has officiated, since August last, as a 
missionary, in the congregations at Bedford and its vicinity, where he is now 
settled. 

"The Bishop and Committee cannot refrain from earnestly calling the 
attention of the pious and wealthy members of our communion to the destitute 
situation of their brethren in the northern and western parts of the State. 
They are earnest and pressing in their wishes to be supplied with a ministry 
that will promulgate to them the truths of salvation as professed by our 
Apostolic and Primitive Church. To gratify their wishes; to carry among 
them the enlightening and consoling truths of salvation ; thus to extend the 
kingdom of the Redeemer, and to be instrumental in advancing the everlasting 
happiness of mankind, are the most exalted objects that can occupy the labours 
of the ministers of Christ, and the charitable zeal of His disciples. 

"There is at present in the hands of the Treasurer £242; almost the whole 
of which will be necessary to defray the expenses of the past year, 
"Attested, JOHN H. HOBART, 

" Secretary of the Committee." 



1804.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 13 1 

The following certificate relative to the Treasurer's accounts 
was presented, and read ; 

" We, the subscribers, do certify, That we have examined the Treasurer's 
accounts, from the 5th day of October, 1802, being tlie last time the same were 
examined, to this day, and find them just and right; and that the Treasurer 
has at ])resent out on interest on approved security, the sum of fifteen hundred 
and eighty -one pounds, and in his hands twenty-three pounds nineteen shillings. 
Witness our hands this 29th day of September, 1804. 

« ABRAHAM BEACH, ) „ 
•'JOHN CHARLTON, \ ^«'«»*^««^- 

" The above money constitutes the Episcopal Fund." 

The Clergy rendered an account of the collections in their 
respective churches for the Episcopal and Missionary Funds, and 
an account of the different vacant parishes in which they had 
officiated since the last annual Convention. 

The thanks of the Convention were returned to the Treasurer 
for his faithful services as Treasurer. 

A canon, providing for carrying into effect the canons of the 
General Convention, and the requisition of the House of Bishops 
relative to the examination and studies of candidates for the min- 
istry, was proposed, and adopted. 

The following gentlemen were chosen, by ballot, delegates to 
the General Convention — Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Hobart, Rev. 
Mr. Moore, Rev. Mr. Wilkins, Dr. Charlton, W. Ogden, R. Han- 
son, Gen. Clarkson, 

The following gentlemen were chosen, by ballot, members of 
the Standing Committee — Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Hobart, Rev. 
Mr. Jones, Rev. Mr. Harris, Gen. Clarkson, Dr. Charlton, W. 
Ogden, R. Harison. 

The following gentlemen were chosen, by ballot, members of 
the Committee for Propagating the Gospel in the State of New 
York — Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Hobart, Rev. Mr. Jones, Dr. 
Charlton, H. Van Wagenen, D. M. Clarkson. 

The Bishop then addressed the Convention at considerable 
length on the state of the diocese, &c., and adjourned the Con- 
vention with prayer. 

Attested, JOHN H. HOBART, Secretary. 



132 JOURNALS OP THE CONVENTIONS [1804. 

PAROCHIAL REPORTS. 

3%« following Parochial Reports were delivered in at this Convention, and 
are printed, pursuant to the fourth Canon of 1796, and the first Canon 
of 1803, of the Convention of this State, and tJie eleventh Canon of the 
General Convention q/'1804 

Reports of the State of the Congregations 

OP THE 

PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, 
From October, 1803, to October, 1804. 



Albany, St, Peter^s Church ; Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rec- 
tor. — Baptisms,^ 60 ; communicants, about 80 j marriages, 20 ; 
funerals, 12. 

Brooklyn, St. Ann^s Church ; Rev. John Ireland, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 20 ; communicants, 77 ; marriages, 18 ; funerals, 20 ; 
number of families, near 70. 

Cattskill, St. Luke^s Church ; Rev. Richard Bradford, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 22 ; communicants, 12 ; marriages, 2 ; funerals, 3 ; 
number of families, 48. 

Hudson, Christ Church; Rev. Bethel Judd, Rector. — Baptisms, 
16 ; communicants, 15 ; marriages, 7 ; funerals, 3 ; number of 
families, 55. 

JYew York, The Parish of Trinity Church, comprehending 
Trinity Church, St. George's Chapel, and St. Paul's Chapel ; 
Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Rector, Rev. Abraham 
Beach, D. D., Rev. John H. Hobart, Rev. Cave Jones, Assistant 
Ministers. — Baptisms, 378; communicants, about 1000; mar- 
riages, 115; funerals, 400. 

Mew York, Christ Church; Rev. Joseph Pilmore, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 2 10 ; communicants, about 300 ; marriages, 65 ; 
funerals, adults 16, children 22 — 38. 

Mew York, St. Mark^s Church, Bowery ; Rev. William Harris, 
Rector. — Baptisms, 10 ; communicants, about 20 ; marriages, 2 ; 
funerals, 2. 

Mew York, The French Church Du St. Esprit ; Rev. Peter 
Anthony Albert, Rector, Rev. Edmund D. Barry, Assistant Min- 
ister. — Baptisms, 3 ; communicants, about 12 ; number of male 
members, 66. 

The service is performed in French every Sunday morning by 
the Rector, and in English every Sunday afternoon by the Assis- 
tant Minister. 



1804.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 133 

J^ew Rochelle, Trinity Church ; Rev. Theodosius Bartow, 
Rector. — Baptisms, 5 ; communicants, 18 ; marriages, 7 ; funerals 
to which the Rector has been called, 5. 

JVewtovm, St. James' Church ; Flushings St. George's Church ; 
Rev. Abraham L. Clarke, Rector. — St. James' Church, J\'ew- 
tovm. Baptisms, 20 ; adult baptisms, 3 ; communicants, 23 ; new 
communicants, 3 ; marriages, 7 ; funerals, 7 ; number of families, 
28 ; removals into the parish, 2 ; removals out of the parish, 2. 

St. George's Church, Flushing ; Baptisms, 17 ; adult baptisms, 
3 ; communicants, 20 ; marriages, 3 ; funeral, 1. 

Orange County, St. Andrew's Church ; Rev. Frederick Van 
Home, Rector. — Baptisms, 45 ; communicants, about 50 ; mar- 
riages, 6 ; funerals, 7. 

Rye, Christ Church ; Rev. Evan Rogers, Rector. — Baptisms, 
5 • commimicants, 30 ; marriages, 9 ; funerals 12. 

Reports of the state of the other parishes w^ere not delivered in. 



RESOLUTIONS 

Passed at this Convention, October, 1804. 

" Resolved, That the Secretary of the Convention prepare, be- 
fore its next annual meeting, a proper book, in which the vieios 
of the several congregations of the Church, presented to this body 
pursuant to a resolution of the last Convention, together with the 
parochial reports, and any similiar documents, may be recorded 
for the use of the Church, under the orders of any future Conven- 
tion. 

" Resolved, That such vieiDS as have been already presented be 
laid before the next State Convention, and that, in the mean time, 
the Clergy be at liberty to correct their respective statements, if 
they shall judge it necessary. 



CANON 

Passed at this Convention, October, 1804.^ 
For carrying into effect the Canons of the General Convention, and the 
Requisition of the House of Bishops relative to the Studies, Preparatory 
Exercises, and Examinations of Candidates for the Ministry. 

For carrying into complete effect the canons of the General 
Convention concerning the learning and preparatory exercises of 
candidates for the ministry, and also the requisitions of the House 



134 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1804. 

of Bishops relative to a course of ecclesiastical studies, it is hereby 
provided ; that to every candidate for the ministry there shall be 
assigned four different examinations, at such times and places as 
the Bishop may appoint ; which examinations shall take place in 
the presence of the Bishop and as many presbyters as can conve- 
niently be convened, on the following studies and books prescribed 
by the canons of the General Convention, and the course of study 
established by the House of Bishops. 

At the first examination, on some approved treatise of Katural 
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, and Rhetoric. At the second ex- 
amination, on Paley^s Evidences, and Stackhouse's Body of Di- 
vinity. At the third examination, on Mosheim/'s Ecclesiastical 
History, the ffth and seventh Books of Hooker'' s Ecclesiastical 
Polity, Reeves on the Common Prayer, and the Constitution and 
Canons of the Church. And, at the last examination, he shall 
be required to give a full account of the different Books of Scrip- 
ture, and to explain difficult passages, it being understood that 
he has studied the Scriptures with the aid of some good Com- 
mentary. He shall also at this time be examined on the Greek 
Testament, and required to give an account of his faith in the 
Latin tongue. At each of these examinations he shall produce 
and read a sermon, composed by himself, on some text previously 
assigned him, which shall be submitted to the criticism of the 
Bishop and Clergy present. And, immediately before his ordina- 
tion, he shall be required to read the service of the Church, and 
to deliver a sermon, in the presence of the Bishop and Clergy ; 
in order that from their remarks he may be aided in reading the 
service, and in delivering his sermons with propriety and devo- 
tion. At every examination, if the proficiency of the candidate 
in the particular subjects of his examination should be approved 
by the Bishop and Clergy present, he shall receive a certificate, 
stating their approbation of the same. 

If the candidate should not reside convenient to the residence 
of the Bishop, the Bishop may appoint some of his presbyters to 
conduct the above examinations ; and a certificate from these 
presbyters, that the prescribed examinations have been held ac- 
cordingly, shall be required of the candidate : provided that, in 
this case, the candidate shall, before his ordination, be examined 
by the Bishop and at least two presbyters on all the above named 
books and studies. 

In the case of a candidate ordained under the 6th canon of the 
General Convention of 1804, a single examination by the Bishop 
and presbyters, on all the above books and studies, shall be ad- 
mitted instead of separate examinations. 

A candidate for Priests' orders shall, before his ordination, be 
required to undergo an examination, in presence of the Bishop 



1804.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 135 

and as many presbyters as can conveniently be convened, on the 
following books, contained in the higher course of study prescribed 
by the House of Bishops : The Scholar Jlrmed — Potter on Church 
Government — Daubeny's Guide to the Church — Archbishop Wake's 
Translation of the Epistles of the Apostolic Fathers — the Reih 
William Reeves' Translation of the Apologies of Justin, Tertul- 
lian, &c., with his Preface on the Right Use of the Fathers — 
Pearson on the Creed — Bishop Wilson's Parochialia — and Wheat- 
ley on the Common Prayer. 

Every candidate for orders shall also satisfy the Bishop that he 
has carefully studied the sermons of Barrow, of Seeker, of Home, 
and of Seabury, and has constantly endeavoured, " by the grace 
of God, to cultivate his heart," by using some of the devotional 
and practical books recommended in the course of study estab- 
lished by the House of Bishops. 

In case there should be no Bishop, the President of the Stand- 
ing Committee shall act in his place for the purpose of carrying 
into effect this canoa, 

Attested, JOHN H. HOBART, 

Secretary of the Convention. 



NINETEENTH CONVENTION, 



OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL [CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PKOTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK; 

HELD IN CHRIST CHURCH, PC U G H K EE P S I E, 

October 1st, and October 2d, 1805. 



3list of t])e erierjss antt Sag JDelcflates 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany. 

The Rev. Philander Chase, Rector of Christ Church, Pough- 
keepsie, and Trinity Church, Fishkill. 

The Rev, Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead. 

The Rev. WilUam Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, Bow- 
ery, New York. 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Bethel Judd, Rector of Christ Church, Hudson, and 
St. Paul's, Claverack. 



1805.] JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. 137 

The Rev. Jonathan Judd, Deacon in St. Paul's Church, Paris, 
and Trinity Church, Utica. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of the Churches in Otsego 
county. 

The Rev. Evan Rogers, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 

The Rev. George Strebeck, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Frederick Van Home, Rector of Christ Church, 
Balltown, and the Churches adjacent. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Robert Hodge. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill, Daniel C. Verplanck, James Cooper. 

Christ Church, Hudson, John Thurston, H. L. Hosmer. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, John Moore. 

St. Paul's Church, Claverack, Samuel B. Webb. 

Bedford and Newcastle, Peter A. Jay, William Miller. 

St. James' Church, North Salem, Joshua Purdy. 

St. Luke's Church, Cattskil], John Reed. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, John Reed, Esq. 

St. Stephen's Church, New York, Cornelius Schuyler, Jordan 
Mott. 

St. Paul's Church, Charlton, James Emmet. 

St. Peter's Church, Washington, Dutchess county, Azor Rug- 
gles. 

St. Peter's Church, Peekskill, and St. Philip's Church, Philips- 
town, Henry Garrison. 

Christ Church, New York, David Marsh. 



POUGHKEEPSIE, OcTOBER IST, 1805. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of 
New York, and the town of Poughkeepsie having been appointed 
by the Bishop as the place of meeting ; The Right Rev. Bishop 
Moore, and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates attended at 
10 o'clock A. M., in Christ Church ; w^hen Divine service was 
performed by the Rev. Daniel Nash, and in the absence of the 
Rev. Mr. Jones, who was appointed for the purpose, a sermon 
delivered by the Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Hempstead. 

After Divine service, the Convention assembled, and the list of 
the Clergy bemg called over agreeably to the second canon of 



138 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1805. 

this Church of 1803, the following Clergy answered to their 
names, and took their seats : 

The Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany ; the Rev. Philander Chase, Rector of Christ Church, 
Poughkeepsie, and Trinity Church Fishkill; the Rev. Elias 
Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers ; the Rev. Seth 
Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead ; the Rev. John 
Henry Hobart, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New 
York ; the Rev. Bethel Judd, Rector of Christ Church, Hudson, 
and St. Paul's Church, Claverack; the Rev. Jonathan Judd, 
Deacon, officiating at Utica and Paris ; the Rev. Daniel Nash, 
Rector of St. John's Church, Otsego, St. Luke's, Richfield, and 
Harmony Church, Butternuts ; the Rev. Evan Rogers, Rector of 
Christ Church, Rye. 

The following Clergy were absent : 

The Rev. Peter Anthony Albert, Rector of the French Chiurch 
Du St. Esprit, New York ; Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of 
Trinity Church New Rochelle ; Rev. Edmund D. Barry, Assistant 
Minister of the French Church Du St. Esprit, New York ; Rev. 
Abraham Beach, D. D., an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York ; Rev. David Butler, officiating at Troy and Lansing- 
burgh ; Rev. Abraham L. Clarke, Rector of St. James' Church, 
Newtown, and St. George's Church, Flushing ; Rev. William 
Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, Bowery, New York ; Rev. 
John Ireland, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ;* Rev. Cave 
Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; 
Rev. Richard C. Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Staten 
Island ; Rev. Joseph Perry, officiating in the Church at New 
Stamford ; Rev. Davenport Phelps, Missionary in the western 
parts of the State ; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, 
New York; Rev. George Strebeck, Rector of St. Stephen's 
Church, New York ; Rev. Frederick Van Home, Rector of 
Christ Church, Balltown, and the Churches adjacent ; Rev. Isaac 
Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and St. 
Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The Lay Delegates presented the certificates of their appoint- 
ment, which were read, and severally approved ; and the follow- 
ing Delegates took their seats : 

From St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Robert Hodge; Trinity 
Church, Fishkill, Daniel C. Verplanck, and James Cooper; 
Christ Church, Hudson, John Thurston, and H. L. Hosmer ; 

* The Rev. Mr. Ireland attended at Poughkeepsie, but was prevented by 
severe indisposition from meeting with the Convention. 



1805.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 139 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, John Moore ; St. Paul's Church, 
Claverack, Samuel B. Webb ; Bedford and Newcastle, Peter A. 
Jay, and William Miller ; St. James' Church, North Salem, 
Joshua Purdy ; St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, John Reed. 

The Convention proceeded to the choice of a Secretary and 
Treasurer, when the Rev. John Henry Hobart w'as chosen Secre- 
tary, and Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen, Treasurer. 

The Convention then adjourned to half-past nine o'clock to- 
morrow morning. 



Wednesday, October 2d, 1805, half-past 9 o'clock A. M. 

The Convention met, and the Rev. Mr. Strebeck read prayers ; 
and a sermon, on the occasion of the meeting of the Convention, 
was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Jones. 

The Rev. Mr. Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, in the 
Bowery ; the Rev. Mr. Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York; the Rev. Mr. Strebeck, Rector of St. 
Stephen's Church, New York ; the Rev. Mr. Van Home, Rector 
of the Churches at Balltown, Charlton, &c. appeared, and took 
their seats in Convention. 

A certificate of the incorporation of St. Stephen's Church, in 
the city of New York, was read and approved, and this Church 
was received into union with the Convention. 

The certificates of several Lay Delegates were presented and 
approved, and the following Delegates took their seats : Christ 
Church, Poughkeepsie, John Reed, Esq. ; St. Stephen's Church, 
New York, Cornelius Schuyler, Jordan Mott ; St. Paul's Church, 
Charlton, James Emmet ; St. Peter's Church Washington, Dut- 
chess county, Azor Ruggles ; St. Peter's Church, Peekskill, and 
St. Philip's Church, Philipstown, Henry Garrison ; Christ Church, 
New York, David Marsh. 

Agreeably to the canon of the Church enjoining the attendance 
of the Clergy at the meetings of the Convention, the Clergy who 
were absent at the last Convention were called on for the reasons 
of their absence, which were accepted. 

The Clergy were called on for their parochial reports, and also 
for an account of the collections in thek respective churches for 



140 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1805. 

the Episcopal and Missionary Funds, which were severally pre- 
sented, and read. They also rendered an account of the different 
parishes in which, during the past year, they had officiated. 

The following persons were chosen, hy ballot, Delegates to 
the General Convention — Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Hobart, 
Rev. Mr. Wilkins, Rev. Mr. Moore, Matthew Clarkson, Richard 
Harison, John Moore, John Reed. 

The following persons were chosen members of the Standing 
Committee — Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Harris, Rev. Mr. Jones, 
Rev. Mr. Hobart, John Charlton, Richard Harison, Matthew 
Clarkson, WilHam Ogden. 

The following persons were chosen members of the Committee 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating the Gospel 
in the State of New York, of which Committee the Bishop is 
president, ex officio — Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Jones, Rev. Mr. 
Hobart, John Charlton, Hubert Van Wagenen, David M. Clark- 
son. 

The Convention adjourned. 

Attested, JOHN H. HOBART, Sec'y. 



PAROCHIAL REPORTS. 

The following Parochial Reports iverc presented to tins Convention, and 
are printed, pursuant to the fourth Cation of 1796, and the first Canon 
of 1803, of tlie Convention of this State, and the eleventh Canon of the 
General Convention q/'1804. 

Reports of the State of the Congregations 



PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE STATE OF NEW Yi^RK, 
From October, 1804, to October, 1805. 



Albany, St. Peter'' s Church; Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 70 ; marriages, 14 ; funerals, 15. 

A few new communicants since the last report, when the 
number was about 80. 



1805.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 141 

Brooklyn, St. Ann's Church ; Rev. John Ireland, Rector. — 
Infants baptised 43, adults 8 — 51; communicants, 78; marriages, 
19 ; interments, 15. 

The new church at Brooklyn was consecrated by the Right 
Rev. Bishop Moore, on Thursday, the 30th May, 1805. At the 
same time 37 persons were confirmed. 

Balltovm, Charlton, Milton, and Stillwater, United Parishes ; 
Rev. Frederick Van Home, Rector. — BalUoun, Christ Church ; 
Baptisms from the 20lh May, 1805, infants 8, adults 2—10 ; 
communicants, 60 ; marriages, 2 ; funerals, 3 ; heads of families, 
65. 

Charlton, St. Paul's Church. Baptisms, 9 ; communicants, 
50 ; heads of families, 40. 

Milton, St. James' Church. Baptisms, infants 18, adults 1 — 
19; communicants, 50 ; funerals, 3 ; heads of families, 41. 

Stillwater, St. John's Church. Baptisms, 3 ; communicants, 
25 ; funeral, 1 ; heads of families, 22. 

St. George's Parish, Hempstead, consisting of St. George's 
Church, South Hempstead, and Christ Church, JYorth Hemp- 
stead ; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector. — Baptisms, 49 ; communicants, 
100; marriages 25; burials, 11. 

Christ Church, Hudson, and St. Paul's Church, Claverack; 
Rev. Bethel Judd, Rector. — Baptisms, 11; marriages, 7; burials, 
10. 

Poughkeepsie, Christ Church, and Trinity Church, Fishkill ; 
Rev. Philander Chase, Rector. — Christ Church, Poughkeepsie. 
Baptisms, infants 14, adults 34 — 48 ; communicants, 53. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill. Baptisms, infants 9, adults 18 — 27; 
communicants, about 30. 

The Churches in Otsego county ; Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector. — 
Baptisms, from 1803, 106; communicants, about 125; marriages, 
11 ; burials, 16. 

Paris, St. Paul's Church ; Rev. Jonathan Judd, Deacon, Offi- 
ciating Minister. Baptisms, 5 ; communicants, 45. 

The Parish of Trinity Church, JVew York, consisting of Tri- 
nity Church, and St. George's and St. Paul's Chapels ; Right 
Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Rector. — Baptisms, 378 ; commu- 
nicants, 1000 ; marriages, 144 ; funerals, 470. 



142 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1805. 

Christ Chu/rch, JVew York* ; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 152 ; communicants, 205 ; marriages, 20. 

The French Church Du St. Esprit, JVew York ; Rev. Peter 
Anthony Albert, Rector. — Baptisms, 4 ; communicants, about 
16 ; funerals, 3 ; families, 66. 

The French Protestant Episcopal Church Du St. Esprit, was 
consecrated by the Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Bishop 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New York, 
on the 30th of May, 1803. 

The Rev. Peter Anthony Albert, the Rector, performs Divine 
service in the French language in the morning. The Rev. Ed- 
mund D. Barry, his Assistant Minister, officiates in the English 
language in the afternoon. 

* Presented since the meeting of the Convention. 



TWENTIETH CONVENTION. 



JOURSTAI. 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK, 

October 7th, and October 8th, 1806. 



atst of t|)c ©lerjis anH 3la» BekQatcs 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Edmund D. Barry, an Assistant Minister of the 
French Church Du St. Esprit, New York. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle. 

The Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany. 

The Rev. Abraham L. Clarke, Rector of St James' Church, 
Newtown, and St. George's Church, Flushing. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

The Rev. Wilham Harris, Rector of St Mark's Church, in the 
Bowery, New York. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St George's Church, Hemp- 
stead. 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York, 



144 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1806- 

The Rev. John Ireland, Rector of St, Ann's Church, Brooklyn. 

The Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church. 
New York. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New^ York. 

The Rev. Richard C. Moore, D. D., Rector of St. Andrew's 
Church, Staten Island. 

The Rev. Evan Rogers, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 

The Rev. George Strebeck, Rector of St. Stephen's Church,^ 
New York. 

The Rev. Frederick Van Home, Rector of Christ Church, Ball" 
town, and St. Paul's Church, Charlton. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West 
Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The following officiating Clergy in the State of New York 
attended, and were admitted to honorary seats : 

The Rev. Andrew Fowler, Grace Church, Jamaica. 
The Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, St. George's Church, Schenectady .^ 
The Rev. Joseph Warren, St. Peter's Church, Peekskill, and 
St. Philip's Church, Philipstown. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

Christ Church, Rye, John Guion. 

St. Stephen's Church, New York, Cornelius Schuyler, Abraham 
Fowler, Jacob C. Mott. 

St. James' Church, Newtown, David Moore, Jacob Moore. 

St. George's Church, Flushing, David Hogeland, Abraham 
Bloodgood. 

Grace Church Jamaica, Timothy Nostrand, David Rowland. 

Christ Church, New York, George Warner, George Dominick. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Robert Hodge, William Griggs 
Samuel Sackett. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, Joseph Bedell, Nathaniel 
Britton, James Guion, Walter Dongan. 

Du St. Esprit, New York, John Kemp, John Pintard. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers, James Valentine. 

Trinity Church, New York, Anthony L. Bleecker, John Onder- 
donk. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, Stephen Carman, John. 
Moore. 

St. Mark's Church, Bowery, Harry Peters. 

Bedford and Northeastle, Peter A. Jay, William Miller. 

St. James' Church, North Salem, Joshua Purdy. 

St. Andrew's Church, Orange county, Andrew Graham. 

St. John's Church, Huntington, Shubael Smith. 



1806.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 145 

Trinity Cluirch, Athens, Joseph Prentiss. 
Caroline Church, Setauket, William Jayne. 
Trinity Church, New Rochelle, David Coutant. 



New York, October 7th, 1806. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of 
New York, and the city of New York being appointed by the 
Bishop as the place of meeting ; the Right Rev. Bishop Moore, 
and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates attended, at 10 
o'clock A. M., in Trinity Church ; when Divine service was cele- 
brated by the Rev. Dr. Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, 
Staten Island, and a sermon, suitable to the occasion, delivered 
by the Right Rev. Bishop Moore. 

After Divine service, the Convention assembled, and the list 
of the Clergy being called over agreeably to the second canon 
of this Church of iSO'i, the following Clergy answered to their 
names, and took their seats : 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle ; the Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., an Assistant Minister 
of Trinity Church, New York; the Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rec- 
tor of St. Peter's Church, Albany ; the Rev, Abraham L. Clarke, 
Rector of St. James' Church, Newtown, and St. George's Church, 
Flushing ; the Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St, John's Church, 
Yonkers ; the Rev. William Harris, Rector of St, Mark's Church, 
in the Bowery, New York ; the Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. 
George's Church, Hempstead ; the Rev. John Henry Hobart, an 
Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; the Rev. John 
Ireland, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; the Rev. Thomas 
Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York ; the Rev, Richard C. 
Moore, D. D., Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island; 
the Rev. Evan Rogers, Rector of Christ Church, Rye ; the Rev. 
George Strebeck, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, New York ; 
the Rev. Frederick Van Home, Rector of Christ Church, Ball- 
town, and St. Paul's Church, Charlton ; the Rev. Isaac Wilkins, 
Rector of St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and St. Paul's 
Church, East Chester. 

The following Clergy were absent : 

The Rev, Edmund D. Barry, an Assistant Minister of the 
French Church Du St. Esprit, New York ; the Rev. A. G. Bald- 
win, Deacon, Missionary in the western parts of the State ; the 
Rev. Bulkley, Deacon, officiating at Poughkeepsie ; the 



146 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1805. 

Rev. David Butler, Troy and Lansingburgh ; the Rev. Cave 
Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York, the 
Rev. Bethel Judd, Rector of Christ Church, Hudson, and St. 
Paul's Church, Claverack ; the Rev. Jonathan Judd, iJeacon, 
officiating- at Utica and Paris ; the Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of 
St. John's Church, Otsego, St. Luke's Church, Richfield, and 
Hannony Church, Butternuts ; the Rev. Joseph Perry, officiating 
in the Church at New Stamford ; the Rev. Davenpoit Phelps, 
Missionary in the western parts of the State ; the Rev. J. Reed, 
Deacon, officiating in St. Luke's Church, Cattskill. 

The Lay Delegates presented the certificates of their appoint- 
ment, which were read, and severally approved ; and the follow- 
ing Delegates took their seats : 

From Christ Church, Rye, John Guion ; St. Stephen's Church, 
New York, Cornelius Schuyler, and Abraham Fowler; St. James' 
Church, Newtown, David Moore, and Jacob Moore; St. George's 
Church, Flushing, J3avid Hogeland, and Abraham Bloodgood; 
Grace Church, Jamaica, Timothy Nostrand, and David Rowland; 
Christ Church, New York, George Warner, and George Dominick; 
St. y-nn's Church, Brooklyn, Robert Hodge, William Grigg, and 
Samuel Sackett; St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, Joseph 
Bedell, Nathaniel Britton, James Guion, and Walter Dongan; 
Du St. Esprit, New York, John Kemp, and John Pintard ; St. 
John's C hurch, Yonkers, James Valentine ; Trinity Church, New 
York, Anthony L. Bleecker, and John Onderdonk ; St. (icorge's 
Church, Hempstead, Stephen Carman, and John Moore ; St. 
Mark's Church, Bowery, New York, Harry Peters ; Bedford 
and Northcastle, Peter A. Jay, and William Miller ; St. James' 
Church, North Salem, Joshua Purdy ; St. Andrew's Church, 
Orange county, Andrew Graham ; St. John's Church, Hunting- 
ton, Shubael Smith ; Caroline Church, Setauket, William Jayne. 

The certificates of the incorporation of Trinity Church, Athens, 
and Christ Church, Coxsackie, in this State, were read, and ap- 
proved, and those churches received into union with this Con- 
vention. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That no Lay Delegates shall represent more than 
one incorporated church. Whereupon Mr. Joseph Prentiss, who 
bad been elected as Lay Delegate from two incorporated churches 
took his seat as Delegate from Trinity Church, Athens. 

On motion, 
• Resolved, That the Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, officiating in St 
George's Church, Schenectady, (not being inducted according to 



1806.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 147 

the Office of Induction prescribed by the General Convention,) be 
admitted to an honorary seat in this Convention, and that the 
Rev. Anch'ew Fowler, at present officiating in Grace Church, 
Jamaica, be admitted to the same privilege. 

Tlie Rev. John Henry Hobart was elected the Secretary of the 
Convention. 

The Convention adjourned until ten o'clock to-morrow morning. 

Wedxesday, October 8th, 1806, 10 o'clock A. M. 

The Convention met, and prayers were read, by the Rev. F. 
Beasley. 

The Rev. Cave. Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York, who was prevented by sickness from attending the 
Convention yesterday, appeared, and took his seat. The Rev. 
Edmund D. Barry, an Assistant Minister of the French Church 
Du St. Esprit, New York, also appeared, and took his seat. Mr. 
David Coutant, a Lay Delegate from Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle, appeared, and took his seat, and also Mr. Jacob C. 
Mott, a Lay Delegate from St. Stephen's Church, New York. 

The Rev. Joseph Warren, officiating in the Churches at Peeks- 
kill and Philipstown, was admitted to an honorary seat. 

The Clergy who were absent at the last Convention were called 
on for the reasons of their absence, agreeably to the canon enjoin- 
ing their attendance, which reasons were accepted. 

The Clergy were called on for the parochial reports, which are 
required by the fourth canon of 1796 of the Church in this State, 
and which were rendered and inserted on the Journals agreeably 
to the eleventh canon of the General Convention of 1804. 



Reports of the State of the Congregations 

OF THE 

PR0TE3TANT EPrSCOPAL CHUllCEI IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, 
From October, 1805, to October, 1806. 



Albany, St. Petei'^s Church ; Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector. 
— Baptisms, 90 ; communicants, SO ; funerals, 20 ; marriages, 25. 

Balltown and Charlton ; Rev. Frederick Van Home, Rector. — 
Balltown, Christ Church. Baptisms, infants 50, adults 4 — 54 ; 



148 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1806. 

marriages, 4 ; deaths, 8 ; communicants, 65 ; heads of famihes, 
70. 

Charlton, St. PauVs ChiLrch. Baptisms, infants 22, adults 2 — 
24 ; marriages, 3 3 death, 1 ; communicants, 50 ; heads of fami- 
lies, 40. 

Brooklyn, St. ./Inn's Church ; Rev. John Ireland, Rector. — 
Baptisms, infants 39, adults 2 — 41; marriages, 21 ; interments, 
(including 2 at Foster Meadow and 3 at Potter's Field,) 13; 
communicants, 76. 

The concrrenjation is in an increasino; state. 

JVewtown, St. James^ Church, and SL George's Church, Flush- 
ing ; Rev. Abraham L. Clarke, Rector. — St. Jam.es'' Churchy 
A'^etotown. Baptisms, 9 ; marriages, 3 ; funerals, 5 ; communi- 
cants, 28. 

iS'^. George^s Church, Flushing. Baptisms, infants 10, adults 
3 — 13; marriages, 4; funerals, 5; funerals at Jamaica, 3; fu- 
neral at Brooklyn, 1. 

The Parish of Trinity Church, Mew York, consisting of Trinity 
Church, and St. George's and St. PauVs Chapels ; Right Rev. 
Benjamin Moore, D. D., Rector. — Baptisms, 372 ; marriages, 
119; funerals, 458; communicants, nearly the same as the last 
report, about 1005. ; 

St. Mark's Church, in the Bowery, Meiv York ; Rev. William 
Harris, Rector. — Number of communicants cannot he exactly 
ascertained; in the summer there are usually from 120 to 200, in 
the winter I'rom 60 to 70 persons. Baptisms for the last year, 
15 ; marriages, 4. j 

Christ Church, JYew York; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector. — 
Marriages, 42 ; baptisms, 120 ; communicants, about 205. 

St. Stephen's Church JVew York ; Rev. George Strebeck, 
Rector. — 

On the 12th of March, 1805, the following persons, viz., 
Cornelius Schuyler, Jacob C. Mott, (wardens,) Thomas Gibbons, 
Jordan Mott, Benjamin Clarke, Abraham Fowler, Benjamin Beek- 
man, Isaac Emmons, George Beck, and John Fash, (Vestrymen,) 
were elected, and the following day were duly acknowledged as 
a body politic, by the style and title of " The Rector, Wardens, 
and Vestrymen of St. Stephen's Church, in the city of New York." 

On the 6th of May following, the Corporation of the said 
Church presented me a call to become their rector, which call I 



1806.] OF THE UIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 14§ 

accepted, and on the next day, laid tlie foundation-stone of their 
church. 

The persons engaged in this undertaking being very few in 
number, had to contend with many difficulties and embarrassments, 
w^hich, however, they met and obviated with a degree of fortitude 
and zeal much to their honour ; and at length, by the blessing 
of Providence, brought their undertaking to that state of forward- 
ness, that on St. Stephen's day, the 26th of December, in the 
same year (a period of less than eight months from the time of its 
commencement), the church was consecrated to the service of 
God, by the Right Rev, Bishop Moore. It is fifty-five feet in front, 
and seventy-five feet deep, and now completely finished inside. 
Since the time of its consecration Divine service has been per- 
formed in it three times every Lord's day. There are now about 
one hundred families who are pewholders in it, and about sixty 
communicants. The congregation is increasing, and those who 
are regular members of it appear generally to be sincerely attached 
to the doctrine and worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church. 
To me it is peculiarly gratifying that they join with fervour in the 
responses of the service, and are generally opposed to the very 
idea of the least deviation from it. The attention with which they 
receive and wait on the ministrations of the Clergy who occasion- 
ally visit them, has been particularly noticed and mentioned by 
several gentlemen who have officiated in this church ; as being 
both gratifying to themselves, and reflecting credit on those who 
yield it. 

From the zeal which those who originally engaged in this un- 
dertaking have manifested, and which has not yet suffered any 
abatement of its fervour in the cause of the Church ; as well as 
from its situation, being planted in a part of the city where an 
Episcopal Church was much wanted, and where the population is 
rapidly increasing, there is reason to believe, that the congregation 
of St. Stephen's will, in time, become numerous and respectable. 

GEORGE STREBECK, Bector. 

New York, Oct. 7lli, 1806. 

Families who are pewholders, about 100 ; communicants, about 
60 ; baptisms, infants 44, adults 3 — 47 ; marriages, 33 ; fune- 
rals, 2. 

St. George's Parish, Hempstead, consisting of St. George^s 
Church, South Hempstead, and Christ Church, JYorth Hemp- 
stead ; Rev, Seth Hart, Rector. — Baptisms, 24 ; communicants, 
about 100 ; marriages, 20 ; funerals, 10. 

St. Johni's Church, in the town of Yonkers; Rev. Elias Cooper, 



150 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1806. 

Rector.* — Families belonging to said church, SO ; baptisms, 
infants 10, adults 6 — 16 ; communicants, 40 ; marriages, 9 ; 
funerals, 4. 

The Parish of St. Jlndrew's Church, in the county of Rich- 
mond ; Rev. Richard C. Moore, D. D., Rector. — Families, in 
number, at least 300 ; communicants, 140 ; baptisms, annually, 
about 80. 

It is supported by its own funds, and through the Divine good- 
ness is in a peaceful and prosperous state. 

The parish has erected a handsome chapel at the north side of 
Staten Island, in which the rector regularly officiates everj- Sunday 
afternoon. The pews are taken up, and the congregation are very 
attentive to the observation of public worship. 

Christ Church, Rye ; Rev. Evan Rogers, Rector. — Baptisms, 
the year past, 22; marriages, 19; burials, 11; communicants, 
about 35. 

St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and iS*^. PauVs, East Chester; 
Rev. Isaac Wilkins Rector. — Communicants, about 40 ; baptisms, 
children 13, adults 5 — 18 ; marriages, 7 ; funerals, 6. 

Trinity Church, JVew Rochelle ; Rev. Theodosius Bartow, 
Rector. — Since the last report to October 7th, 1806, baptisms, 
children 13, adult 1 — 14 ; marriages 12 ; communicants, 18. 

Schenectady, St. George's Church; Rev. Cyrus Stebbins. — 
Baptisms, infants 27, adults 3 — 30 ; marriages, 16 ; funerals, 7 ; 
communicants, about 30. 

Jamaica, Grace Church ; Rev. Andrew Fowler. — Number of 
families, 32 ; communicants, 14 ; Baptisms, for the last four 
months, 7. 



The Clerg}- were called on for the collections in their respective 
churches for the Episcopal and Missionary Funds, an account of 
which was accordingly rendered. They also rendered an accoimt 
of the vacant parishes in which, during the past year, they had 
officiated. 

A proposed canon, entitled, " A Canon providing for the Sup- 
ply of Vacant Parishes," was read, and adopted, and the fifth 
canon of 1802 repealed. 

• The Kev. Mr. Cooper prepented his parochial rTcrtp at the two precediug 
Conventions, but througn inadvertence they were not iaseried on the Joumala. 



180G.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 151 

The followinp^ report from the Committee of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church for Propagating the Gospel in the State of 
New York, was presented, and read : 

"The Committ.ee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating the 
Gospel ill the Slate of New York, report to the Convention, 

"That since th?ir last report, in 1804, two missionaries have been employed 
under their direction, in officiating among the destitute cor:gregalitns of the 
Church in this Stale. 

"The Rev. Davenjiort Phelps, who has for several years served the Com- 
mittee as a diligent and faithful mit-sionary, has for some time past leen station- 
ed principally in tlie counties of Onondaga and Ontario. In these rcuntics he 
has prosecuted the business of his mission with his accustomed fidelity and 
zeal. The people among whom he ofliciated appear, in general, to have gladly 
receive 1 the word of salvation which he dispensed to them, and the institutions 
and orJinances of our Apostolic Church. Several new congregations liave 
been ori:anized, and in some instances, feeble as were the jecun.'ary resources 
of the people, buildings were erected for the public worship of Cod. The calls 
in different places for the ministrations of our Church were earnest and press- 
ing; but they were so numerous, that Mr. Phelps was unable to answer them 
all. He has repeatedly expressed the opinion that the f;eld in which he 
laboured would aflord ample employment for at least two mis.<icnaries; but 
the resources of the Committee have hitherto prevented them from sending to 
this quarter another missionar}-. 

" The Rev. John Churchill Rudd, in Deacons' orders, was employed as a 
missionary for several months to the destitute congregations of this Church at 
Huntington, Oyster Bay, Setauket, and Islip, on Long Island. The three former 
of these, before the late revolution, were numerous and respectable ccngrega- 
tions; but since that period they have only had occasional service, and of con- 
sequence were fast dwindling away. In Huntington, IVIr. Rudd found it diffi- 
cult for some time to rouse the dormant zeal for the Church of the few scattered 
families who still professed themselves iis members. By the blessing of Geo 
upon his labours he at length happily succeeded. The ministration of the 
e.xcellent worship of the Church revived the former attachment of its members 
to it; and before Mr. Rudd left them tlicy made arrangements for repairing 
their place of public worship, which was in a very decayed stale. Tlie Com- 
mittee are happy to be assured that the zeal which has been excited still con- 
linues, and that the congregation look forward with earnest hope to the time 
when the ble.^sing of God upon their exertions will enable them to restore the 
Church among them in ' the beaut\- of holiness.' 

" At Oyster Bay, the building for public worship had become totally decayed; 
the few materials that remained from dilapidation were sold, and on the lot on 
which the buiLling stood an academy was erected, the right being reserved to 
the Church to use it on Sundays for the purposes of public worship. The 
Church families in the village and its immediate neighbouihocd, had either 
become extinct or united themselves to other denominations; and apparently 
owing to the apprehension that the re-establishment of the Church would di- 
vert tha property from the purposes to which it is now applied, the eflortsof 
Mr. Rn IJ for the re-organization of the Church did not succeed. 

"At Setauket the Church people were numerous, and notwithstanding they 
liad for some time been destitute of public worship, they retained a warm at- 
tar.hment to the Liturgy and Ofhces of the Church. Tliey gave ^Nlr. Rudd a 
conlial welcome, attended on his ministrations with suitable attention, and 
joined in the responses of our e.xcellent Liturgy with devotion and zeal. The 
piospect of the Church being revived in this place, is in a high degree flat- 
terinsr. 



162 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1806. 

"At Islip also, the congregation, though small and destitute of pecuniary 
means, manifested a becoming zeal, and have been endeavouiing to jut their 
church in decent repair. The building indeed has leen pie.-evved to the 
Church principally by the exertions of a Avorlhy family in its vicinity, who 
steadily resisted every attempt to apjircpriate it to any other use lh;;n ibc ] ublic 
worship of our own Church; and though the service of the Church had not 
been p3rformeJ in it for several years, annually cleaned out the building, and 
with pious zeal decked it with the customary decoiations at every anniversary 
of the Nativity of our Lord. 

"The Committee esteem it their duty to express their approbation of the 
prudence, fidelity and zeal, with which the Rev. Mr. Rudd discharged the 
duties of his mission. 

"The Committee ha''e engaged in their service the Rev. A. G. Baldwin, 
who has lately been ordained Deacon, as missionary in the western parts of 
the Slate. 

"The Committee cannot avoid on this occasion expressing their earnest 
desire that they may be enabled by the liberal contributions of the members of 
their communion to increase the number of missionaries. Numerous, pressing, 
and affecting are the calls of various destitute congregations, jarlitularly in 
the new settlements of the State, for the minislralions and services of our 
Church. Those who enjoy these ministrations and services suiely will not 
be regardless of their destitute brethren. To be instrumental in difiusing the 
blessings of the Gospel, and in extending the Kingdom and Church of Chkist, 
must afford the highest gratification to every pious and benevolent mind, and 
will, the Committee trust, excite the liberal zeal of the members of our Church. 

"Attested, 

« JOHN H. HOBART, Sec'y" 

On motion, 

Resolved unanimously, That the Convention having- listened 
with pleasing attention to the report of the Committee of this 
Church for Missionary purposes, do request that Committee to 
return the thanks of this Convention to the missionaries who 
have been employed in preaching the Gospel under their direc- 
tion. 

The Rev. Mr. Jones also made report of the fulfilment of his 
appointment to attend to the business of the Church at Newburgh 
and its vicinity. 

On motion, 

Resolved unanimousli/, That the thanks of the Convention be 
returned to the Rev. Mr. Jones for his services to the Church at 
Newburgh and its vicinity. 

The following report relative to the Treasurer, was read, and 
accepted : 

" We, the subscribers, two of the Standing Committee of the Convention of 
the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New York, a]:'pointed to 
examine the accounts of the Treasurer of the said Convention, do icrlify, 
That we have carefully examined the same, from ihc £9lh ('ay of Srptemler, 
1804, (being the last time the same was examined,) to this day, and find that 



18C6.] OF THE DIOCKSE OF NEW YORK. 153 

the late Treasurer has put out on intercut, the sum of nineteen hundred and 
forty-one pounds, (beinj^ tlie Episooi)al fund,) and lliat ihe said Trcasuicr was 
in advance the suin of two pounds, eighteen sliillings and four j:cnte. 
Witness our hands, this 8lh day of October, LSOG. 

"ABRAHAM BKACH, 
"JOHN 11. HOBART." 
On motion, 

Vnanimmisly resolved, That this Convention entertain a grate- 
ful sense of the long and faithful services of their late Treasurer, 
Mr. Hubert Van Wagenen, deceased. 

Mr. Garrit H. Van Wagenen was unanimously appointed Trea- 
surer to the Convention. 

The following resolutions were moved and seconded : 

Resolved, That the General Convention of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Church in the United States, have no authority to prescribe 
the qualifications necessary to entitle a person to a seat and vote 
in this Convention. 

Resolved, That by the Constitution of the Church in this State, 
every officiating minister, regularly admitted and settled in some 
church within this State, which is in union with this Convention, 
hath a right to sit and vote in this Convention. 

Resolved, That the Rev. Mr. Stebbins, having been called and 
inducted as rector of the church at Schenectady, in the manner 
prescribed by the laws of this State, he is regularly admitted and 
settled in the said church, and being also the off.ciatino- minister 
therein, and the said church being within this State, and in union 
with this Convention, the said Mr. Stebbins is entitled to sit and 
vote in this Convention. 

Whereupon it was moved and seconded, that the foregoing 
resolutions be postponed for the purpose of introducing the 
following : 

Resolved, That the ecclesiastical authority possesses the power 
and right to institute the mode of ecclesiastical induction ; and that 
this right, though independent of the State, is recognised by it in 
the original law relative to the mode of induction by vestries, 
which declares " that nothing in this act contained shall be con- 
strued, adjudged, or taken to abridge or affect the rights of con- 
science, or private judgment, or in the least to alter, or change, or 
interfere with the religious constitutions or governments of any 
churches or congregations whatsoever, so far as respects or in any 
wise concerns their doctrine, discipline, or worship." 

Resolved, That the ecclesiastical authority possesses the in- 
herent and independent right to determine the qualifications of the 



154 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1806. 

members of its several judicatories or ecclesiastical bodies ; and 
that the Rev. Mr. Stebbins, not possessing the qualifications re- 
quired by the authority of the Church, could not te entitled to a 
seat in the Convention. 

Resolved, That agreeably to the Constitution and Canons of the 
Church, it being necessary that every presbyter should be inducted 
according to the Office of Induction before he can be considered 
as a regularly admitted and settled clergyman, a presbyter not so 
inducted cannot be entitled to a seat in this Convention : the 
Office of Induction prescribed by the General Convention of the 
Church being the ecclesiastical recognition of his rectorship ; but 
in no respects interfering with civil contracts, with the rights of 
vestries to settle duly qualified clergymen on whatever terms they 
may deem proper, or with the temporalities of parishes, which 
temporalities must be vested in the rector by the vestries before 
the Bishop can give him authority to claim or enjoy them. 

The question of postponement for the purpose aforesaid being 
taken, was decided in the aflfirmative, with only a few dissenting 
voices. 

And the question being taken, on the last named resolutions 
severally, they were adopted with only a few dissenting voices. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Delegates to the 
General Convention : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. John H. Hobart, Rev. Isaac Wilkins, 
Rev. Dr. R. C. Moore; Richard Harison, Matthew Clarkson, 
John Reed, John Moore. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Members of the 
Standing Committee : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Harris, Rev. Mr. Jones, Rev. John 
H. Hobart; Richard Harison, Matthew Clarkson, William Ogden, 
John Onderdonk. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Members of " the 
Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating 
the Gospel in the State of New York," of which Committee the 
Bishop is president ex officio. 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Cave Jones, Rev. John H. Hobart; 
John Onderdonk, Garrit H. Van Wagenen, David M. Clarkson. 

On motion. 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of this Convention be 
returned to the Right Rev. Bishop Moore for his sermon preached 



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at the opening of the Convention, and that he be requested to 
furnish a copy for publication. 

The Convention adjourned. 

Attested, 

JOHN H. HOBART, Secy 



CANON 

Adopted in Convention, 1806. 
A Canon providing for the supply of Vacant Parishes. 

At every annual Convention, the Bishop shall appoint those of 
the Clergy in the Diocese who can with most convenience dis- 
charge the duty, to supply such vacant parishes at such times as 
may be deemed convenient and proper. And it shall be the duty 
of the Secretary to furnish the Clergy with a record of their 
respective appointments. And at every Convention the Clergy 
so appointed shall be called on for an account of the fulfilment of 
the duty, and to report concerning the state of the parishes which 
they have visited. 

The fifth canon of 1802 is hereby repealed 
Attested, 

JOHN H. HOBART, SecY 



TWENTY-FIRST CONVENTION. 



JOURUAL 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHUTxCH, NEW YORK, 

October 6lh, and October 7tb, 1S07. 



3list of tfje CCIcrgi) anO 3lan DelcQatcs 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Edmund D. Barry, an Assistant Minister of the 
French Church Du St. Esprit, New York. 

The Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of Christ Church, Rough- 
keepsie, and Trinity Church, Fishkill. 

The Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and 
Trinity Church, Lansingburgh. 

The Rev. Amos Glover Baldwin, Deacon, Missionary in the 
nothern and western jiarts of the State. 

The Rev. Abraham L. Clarke, Rector of St. James' Church. 
Newtown, and St. George's Church, Flushing. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

The Rev. William Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, in the 
Bowery, New York. 



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The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead. 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York. . 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. Richard Channing Moore, D. D., Rector of St. 
Andrew's Church, Statcn Island. 

The Rev. Davenport Phelps, Missionary in the western parts 
of the State. 

The Rev. Evan Rogers, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 

The Rev. George Strebeck, Rector of St. Steplien's Church, 
New Yoik. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West 
Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The following Clergy, not regularly entitled to seats in the 
Convention, attended, and were achnitted to honorary seats : 

The Rev. Joseph Warren, officiating in the Churches at Peeks- 
kill and Philipstown. 

The Rev. Henry J. Feltus, officiating in St Ann's Church, 
Brooklyn. 

The Rev. Andrew Fowler of South Carolina. 

The Rev. John C. Rudd, of Elizabethtown, New Jersey. 

The Rev. James Chapman, Deacon, ditto. 

The Rev. Wheaton, Deacon, Connecticut. 

The Rev. Elijah D. Rattoone, D. D., of Maryland. 

The Rev. John Inglis, D. D., of Nova Scotia. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Deacon, Athens, New York. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Robert Hodge, William Grigg. 

St. James' Church, Newtown, David Moore, Jacob Moore. 

St. George's Church, Flushing, WiUiam Prince, James Blood- 
good. 

Grace Church, Jamaica, James Mackarel, David Rowland. 

St. John's Church, Yonkeis, John Bown, Stephen Oakley. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, William Mitchell. 

Christ Church, New York, George Warner, George Dominick. 

Christ Church, Hudson, William E. Norman. 

Bedford and Newcastle, William Miller. 

Du St. Esprit, New York, John Kemp. 

St. And ew's Church, Staten Island, John Van Dyke, Joseph 
Bedell, Nathaniel Britton. 



158 JOURNALS OP THE CONVENTIONS [1807. 

St. Stephen's Church, New York, James Gillender, William 
Lang. 

Caroline Church, Setauket, William Jayne, 

Trinity Church, New York, Anthony L. Bleecker, Rufus King, 
John Onderdonk. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill, Daniel C. Verplanck. 

St. Paul's Church, Troy, George Tibbets. 

St. Mark^s Church, Bowery, New York, Mangle Minthorne. 
John Slidell. 

St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, New York, Robert 1. 
Kemble, Valentine Nutter. 

Christ Church, Rye, Joshua Purdy. 

New York, October 6th, 1S07. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the Con- 
vention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New 
York, and the city of New York having been appointed by the 
Bishop as the place of meeting ; the Right Rev. Bishop Moore, 
and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates attended, at 10 
o'clock A. M., in Trinity Church. 

Divine service was celebrated by the Rev. Mr. Harris, Rector 
of St. Mark's Church, in the Bowery, New York, and a sermon, 
suitable to the occasion, preached by the Rev. David Butler, 
Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and Trinity Church, Lansing- 
burgh. 

After, which, Mr. Joseph Prentiss was admitted by the Bishop 
to the holy office of Deacon. 

After Divine service, the Convention assembled, and the list of 
the Clergy being called over agreeably to the second canon of this 
Church of 1803, the following Clergy answered to their names, 
and took their seats : 

The Rev. Edmund D. Barry, an Assistant Minister of the 
French Church Du St. Esprit, New York ; the Rev. Abraham 
Beach, D. D., an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York; 
the Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector of St. Peter's Church, Albany; 
the Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of Christ Church, Pough- 
keepsie, and Trinity Church, Fishkill ; the Rev. David Butler, 
Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and Trinity Church, Lansing- 
burgh ; the Rev. Amos Glover Baldwin, Deacon, Misssonary in 
the northern and western parts of the State ; the Rev. Abraham 
L. Clarke, Rector of St. James' Church, Newtown, and St. 
George's Church, Flushing ; the Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of 
St. John's Church, Yonkers ; the Rev. William Harris, Rector of 



1807.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 159 

St. ]\Tark's Church, in the Bowery, New York ; the Rev. Seth 
Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead ; the Rev. John 
Henry liobart, D. D., an Assistant Minister ot Trinity Church, 
New Vork-; the Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant ?vlinister ol" Trinity 
Church, New York ; the Rev. Tliomas Tvyell, Rector of Christ 
Church, New York; the Rev. Richard C. Moore, D. D,, Rector 
of St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island ; the Rev. Davenport 
Phelps, Missionary in the western parts of the State; The Rev. 
Evan Rogers, Rector of Christ Church, Rye ; the Rev. George 
Strebeck, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, New York ; the Rev. 
Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and 
St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The following Clergy were absent : 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, New Rochelle ; the Rev. Bethel 
Judd, Hudson; the Rev. Jonathan Judd, Johnstown; the Rev. 
Daniel Nash, Otsego county; the Rev. Joseph Perry, Balltown; 
the Rev. J. Reed, Cattskill; the Rev. Cyrus Stebbuis, Schenec- 
tady. 

The Lay Delegates presented the certificates of their appoint- 
ment, which were read, and severally approved ; and the Ibllow- 
ing Delegates took their seats : 

From St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Robert Hodge, and William 
Grigg ; St. James' Church, Newtown, David Moore, and Jacob 
Moore; St. George's Church, Flushing, William Prince; Grace 
Church, Jamaica, James Mackarel, and David Rowland ; St. 
John's Church, Yonkers, John Bown, and Stephen Cakley; St. 
George's Church, Hempstead, William Mitchill ; Christ Church, 
New York, George Warner, and George Dominick ; Christ 
Church, Hudson, William E. Norman ; Bedford and Northcastle, 
William Miller ; Du St. Esprit, New York, John iCenjp ; St. 
Andrew's Church, Staten Island, John Van Dyke, Joseph Bedell, 
and Nathaniel Britton ; St. Stephen's Church, New York, James 
Gillender, and William Lang; Caroline Church, Setauket, William 
Jayne ; Trinity Church, New York, Anthony L. Bleecker, and 
John Onderdonk; Trinity Church, Fishkill, Daniel C. Verplanck; 
St. Paul's Church, Troy, George Tibbets; St. Mark's < hurch, 
Bowery, Mangle Minthorne, and John Slidell ; St. Michael's 
Church, Bloomingdale, Robert T. Kemble, and Valentine Nutter; 
Christ Church, Rye, Joshua Purdy. 

Mr. Isaac Hewlet, who appeared as a Lay Delegate fiom St. 
John's Church, Huntington, not having been regularly appointed 
by the vestry or congregation, was, on motion, admitted to an 
honorary seat. 



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The certificates of the incorporation of St. Michael's Church, 
Bloomhi:ytlale, New York, and Trinity Church, Fairfield, in the 
county of Herkimer, were read, and approved; and those churches 
received into union with this Convention. And the certificate of 
the appointment of R. I. Kemble, and Valentine Nutter, as Lay 
Delegates from St. Michael's Church, Bloomlngdale, New York, 
having been read, and approved, those gentlemen took their seats. 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart was elected the Secretary of the 
Convention. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the following clergymen, not regularly entitled 
to seats in the Convention, be admitted as honorary members : 
The Rev. John Ireland, and the Rev. Henry J. E^eltus, residing in 
this State; the Rev. Andrew Fowler, of South Carolina; the Rev 
Messrs, Rudd and Chapman of New Jersey ; the Rev. Mr. 
Wheaton, of Connecticut; the Rev. Dr. Rattoone, of Maryland; 
and the Rev. Dr. Inglis, of Nova Scotia. 

The Convention adjourned until ten o'clock to-morrow morning. 



Wednesday, October 7th, 10 o'clock A. M. 

The Convention met, and Divine service was celebrated by the 
Rev. Dr. Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island. 

The Rev. Joseph Warren, and the Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Dea- 
con, in this State, were admitted to honorary seats. 

Mr. James Bloodgood, a Lay Delegate from St. George's 
Church, Flushing, and Rufus King, Esq., a Lay Delegate from 
Trinity Church, New York, appeared, and took their seats. 

The Clergy who were absent at the last Convention, were 
called on for the reasons of their absence, agreeably to the canon 
enjoining their attendance, which reasons were accepted. 

The certificates of the incorporation of St. Peter's Church, of 
the town of Aurelius, in the county of Cayuga; St. John's Church, 
Farmington, Clifton Springs, in the county of Ontario ; and of 
Trinity Church, Geneva, in the same county, were read, and ap- 
prover! ; and the said churches were severally admitted into union 
with this Convention. 

The Clergy were called on for the parochial reports, required 
by the fourth canon of 1796 of the Church in this State, which 



1807,] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 161 

were rendered ; and are inserted on the Journals agreeably to the 
eleventh canon of the General Convention of 1804. 



Reports of the State of the Congregations 

OF THE 

PROTEST.VNT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, 
JProm October, 1806, to October, 1807. 



Poughkeepsie ^nAFishkill; Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector. — 
Poughkeepsie, Christ Church. Baptism of infants, 16 j communi- 
cants, about 50 ; marriages, 4 ; funerals, 8. 

Trinity Churchy Fishkill. Baptism of infants, 16 ; adult, 1 — 
17 ; communicants, about 30. 

The latter part of last spring I visited the parish in Washing- 
ton, attended Divine service, and baptised four children. 

In the church at Poughkeepsie, the year past, the Vestry, with 
the aid of the inhabitants, have erected a gallery, and have also 
decently painted the church. 

BARZILLAI BULKLEY, Rector. 

St. John^s Church, totcn of Yonkers ; Rev. Elias Cooper, 
Rector. — Families composing the congregation, as near as can 
be ascertained, 80 ; baptisms, adults 4, children 22 — 26 ; com- 
municants, 43 ', marriages, 7 

Christ Church, Rye; Rev. Evan Rogers, Rector.- — Since 
the last Convention nothing remarkable has taken place in 
this church ; there appears, however, of late, an increasing 
attention to public worship, and also to the holy ordinances 
of religion. 

The number of marriages, the year past, are 12; baptisms, 14 ; 
funerals, 13 ; communicants, 35. 

St. Mark^s Church, Bowery, Mew Vork ; Rev. William Harris, 
Rector. — Marriages, 10 ; baptisms, 25. 

Communicants in the winter season generally about 60, in the 
summer the number is greater. 

The Parish of Trinity Church, JVew York, consisting of Trinity 
Church, and St. George's and St. Paul's Chapels ; Right Rev 
Benjamin Moore, D. D., Rector. — In the course of the last year 
there have been, in the parish of Trinity Church, in the city of 
New York, baptisms, 309 ; marriages, 122 ; funerals, 472. 



162 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1807. 

Several communicants have died, and some new ones have 
been .added to the church ; so that the number continues pretty 
nearly the same as it was at the time of the last report, that is, 
about one thousand. 

The new church of St. John's, in this parish, was consecrated 
the last winter. 

BENJAMIN MOORE, Rector. 

St. George's Parish, Hempstead, consisting of St. George's, 
Church, South Hempstead, and Christ Church, JYorth Hemp- 
stead; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector. — Marriages, 29; burials, 14; 
baptisms, adults 6, children 27 — 33 ; communicants, about 100. 

Christ Church, JVew York; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 133 ; marriages, 45 ; communicants, about 200. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island ; Rev. Richard C. Moore, 
D. D., Rector. — Famihes, 300 ; communicants, 140 ; baptisms, 
about 80. 

The united Churches of St. Peter'' s, Cortlandtovm, and St. 
Philip'' s, Philipstovm ; Rev. Joseph Warren. — Baptisms, adults 
3, children 16 — 19; communicants, 10; marriages, 5. 

Albany, St. Peter's Church ; Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 68 ; funerals, 12 ; communicants, 80 ; marriages, 12. 
Once I visited the church at Charlton. 

FREDERICK BEASLEY. 

St. Paul's Church, East Chester, and St. Peter's, West Chester ; 
Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector. — Commimicants, about 50 ; deaths, 
8 ; marriages, 7 ; baptisms, adults 8, infants 24 — 32. 

St. Stephen's Church, JVew York; Rev. George Strebeck, 
Rector. — Marriages 41 ; baptisms, adults 3, infants 55 — 58 ; 
burials, adults 2, infants 3 — 5 ; communicants, about 60, 

JVewtoum, St. James' Church, and St. George's Church, Flush- 
ing ; Rev. Abraham L. Clarke, Rector. — St. James' Church, 
JYewtown. Baptisms, 5; marriages, 5; funerals, 2; communi- 
cants, 28. 

St. George's Church, Flushing. Baptisms, 4 ; marriages, 6 ; 
funeral, 1. 

At Jamaica. — Funerals, 2 ; baptism, 1. 

St. Paul's Church, Troy, and Trinity Church, Lansingburgh. 
Rev. David Butler, Rector. — St. Paul's Church, Troy. Bap- 



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tisms, infants 17, adults 11 — 285 communicantSj 33 ; marriages, 
5; funerals, 13. 

Trinity Church, Lansinghurgh. Baptism of infants, 12 ; 
communicants, 26 ; marriages, 3 ; funerals, 2. 



The Clergy were called on for the collections in their respec-. 
live churches for the Episcopal and jMissionaiy Funds, an account 
of which was accordingly rendered. 

The following report from the Committee of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church for Propagating the Gospel in the State of 
New York, was presented, and read : 

" The Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating the 
Gospel in the State of New York, report to the Convention — 

" The Hev. D. Phelps has been continued as a missionary principally in the 
counties of Ontario, Onondaga, and Cayuga. He has resided for the most part 
at Geneva, where, in the month of August, 1806, he organized a church, 
which promises to be a flourishing congregation. From this place he made 
excursions to various congregations, some of them remote from his residence. 
The following extract from the journal of Mr. Phelps, will afford to the Con- 
vention satisfactory information of his labours, for which he merits, and has 
received the thanks of the Committee : 

' Since entering upon the mission in these counties, six churches have been 
organized, viz., one at JManlius, styled St. Paul's, consisting of Episcopalians 
in that town and Pompey; one in Onondaga, styled St. John's, of about 
eighteen or twenty families each. These two churches are in the county of 
Onondaga. Also one in Aurelius, consisting of more than twenty families of 
that town, Brutus, and Scaneatiles, styled St. Peter's. Aurehus is in the 
county of Cayuga. The village in this place, in which Divine service is gen- 
erally performed, called Auburn, is in a flourishing state, situated on a beauti- 
ful and copious stream for water-works, where of course several (I believe 
six or seven) public roads centre. The commissioners having fixed the site 
here for a court-house, which is now building, renders the prospect of gather- 
ing a respectable congregation in this village truly flattering; and especially so, 
when the moral and pious habits of the members of this church are connected 
with the other considerations. In point of importance, this village stands next 
to Geneva, and I doubt not, could they be enabled to build, would soon e<jual 
it in numbers. To effect this purpose they have already showed themselves to 
be heartily in earnest, having already subscribed to the amount of about 1400 
dollars, while hardly an individual among them can be said to be in affluence. 

'The opening at the Springs (now called Clifton Springs), about thirteen 
miles north-west from (Geneva, is next in importance. The number of Episco- 
pal families here is about twenty-four. They are generally people strongly 
attached to the Church, of sober, virtuous habits, and though their circum- 
stances are not above mediocrity, (even for farmers,) yet they are so earnestly 
engaged to be provided with a small church, that they have raised or sub.scribed 
about 700 dollars, and hope soon to increase it to 1000. 

' Through Divine goodness I have lost but little time in the prosecution of 
my mission by reason of indisposition, and I have reason to bless God that 
some success has attended my labours. My journies have been extended 
from Pompey, and in some instcuices eight miles further east, to Palmyra, in 



,164 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1807. 

the county of Ontario, a distance of more than ninety miles. On this route I 
have officiated at Sullivan, Pomijey, Manlius, Onondaga, Aurelius and its vi- 
cinity, Cayuga, Geneva, and Palmyra; and since the last winter at Clifton 
Springs, comprising in the whole, six churches. But for several months past 
I have confined myself to four, but rarely visiting the two most distant ones.' 

"The Rev. A. G. Baldwin, Deacon, who at the time of the last report of 
the Committee had just been engaged as a missionary, has devoted his services 
to the county of Oneida, and the country adjacent. The Committee have every 
reason to be satisfied with the assiduity and zeal with which JMr. Baldwin 
appears to have discharged the duties of his mission. They submit the fol- 
lowing extract from his journals, containing particularly an account of Mr. 
Baldwin's success in organizing a congregation at Fairfield, in the county of 
Herkimer. 

' Dec. 7. I went to Fairfield as I intended, should the Lord permit. Owing 
to a fall of snow I did not arrive in the place until sunsetting on Saturday. 
Extensive information was immediately given of my intention to preach the 
next day in the Academy. The day being pleasant, many assembled, and I 
had the pleasing satisfaction to find so many who were attached to our excel- 
lent mode of worship, as to be able to perform the whole service with decency 
and solemnity. This was the first time Divine service, according to the Liturgy 
of the Church, had been performed in that place, and I believe in that county. 
The first impressions made on the minds of the people, generally were favour- 
able to the Church. During the intermission between the services of the day, 
the people attached to the Church assembled in an upper room of the Academy, 
and I proposed to them that they should organize themselves into a church, 
and promised to aid them as much as was in my power. They were pleased 
with the propositions. Upon inquiring of one another, they found that there 
were more families in the place and its vicinity attached to the Church than 
they had any knowledge of before. Rejoicing in the hope that the Church in 
which they had been educated, and to which they had (though for a long time 
deprived of her ministrations) maintained an inviolable attachment, would be 
established among them, they appointed January 5th to organize themselves 
into a church. Accordingly, on that day, they met and organized themselves, 
and have since been duly acknowledged as a body politic, by the stjle and 
title of Trinity Church, in the town of Fairfield, Herkimer county. 

' I have since regularly visited them every sixth Sunday, have been most 
cordially received, and had the pleasure to see large and attentive congregations. 
We assembled in a large Academy built for the double purpose of a house of 
worship and a school. I have preached eight Sundays in the Academj', and 
nine lectures and one funeral discourse in its vicinity. Sometimes I rode a 
few miles and preached on Sunday evenings; sometimes I preached on Satur- 
day or Monday evening. The number of Episcopal families is about twenty- 
five. But they live at some distance from each other, in every direction. 
There is a probability that others will attach themselves to the Church. Pros- 
pects are highly flattering. There appears to be some increase of vital religion 
among the people attached to us. I have baptised in that place and its vicinity 
four adults, and twenty-seven children and infants. The people rejoice in the 
Lord that I was providentially sent to them. Peace and harmony has been 
preserved among those attached to the Church and others. Many thanks are 
due from myself and people to a Mr. Noble, an Irish gentleman, who now re- 
sides in Yonkers, for sending to me (Mr. Charles Ward having represented to 
him the situation of the Church in that place) about thirty or forty dollars 
worth of books to be distributed by me among them. These books have done 
much good. I have engaged to visit Fairfield as heretofore. What the Lord 
has done for this people excites in my mind lively gratitude. They intend, ag 



1807.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 165 

soon as they can, to purchase one or more acres of land to set a church on at 
some future day.' 

" While the Committee congratulate the Convention on the success with 
which the laboius of their missionaries have been attended, they regret that 
the pecuniary rcscources for missionary' purposes will not enable them to main- 
tain a sufficient number of missionarie?. More ihan double the number they 
have hitherto been able to support could be usefully employed in various parts 
of the State, where people are as yet unable to maintain a standing ministry. 
The harvest truly is great, while the labourers hitherto have been few. The 
Committee earnestly hope that every friend of the Church, and of the interests 
of religion, will exert himself in the benevolent and exalted work of providing 
the means of extending the ministrations and blessings of the Gospel to those 
who are now destitute of them. 

<c A itested 

JOHN H. HOBAJRT, Seifij." 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be given to the 
Rev. D. Phelps, and the Rev. A. G. Baldwin, for their diligence 
and zeal in the discharge of the duties of their mission. 

A statement of the Treasurer's accounts was presented and 
read, and approved. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be presented to 
the Rev. Mr. Butler for his sermon preached before the Conven- 
tion. 

Agreeably to the sixth canon of this Church of 1806, the fol- 
lowing appointments to supply vacant parishes were made : 

The Rev. Mr. Hart to officiate in November next at Huntington 
on a Sunday, and at Setauket and Ishp on some days in the same 
week. 

The Rev. Mr. Clarke in May next at Setauket on a Sunday, 
and at Huntington and Islip on some days in the same week. 

The Rev. Mr. Feltus m August next at Islip on a Sunday, and 
at Huntington and Setauket on some days in the same week. 

The Rev. Mr. Rogers at Bedford the last Sunday in October. 

The Rev. Dr. Moore at Bedford in May. 

The Rev. Mr. Wilkins at Bedford in August. These three 
last-named gentlemen to supply North Salem and the other con- 
gregations in West Chester county on a Sunday, or some days in 
the same week of their appointments at Bedford. 

The Rev. Mr. Bulkley at Washington one Sunday in Novem- 
ber and May, and at such other times as may be deemed conve- 
nient. 

The Rev. Mr. Cooper in October at Goshen on a Sunday, and 
at Newburgh, New Windsor, and St. Andrew's, on some days in 
the same week. 



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The Rev. J. H. Hobart in April at Newburgh on a Sunday, 
and the other churches some day in the same week. 

The Rev. C. Jones in August at St. Andrew's on a Sunday, 
and the other churches some day in the same week. 

The Rev. Mr. Reed at New Stamford and the congregations 
adjacent in the months of June and July. 

The Rev. Mr. Strebeck at Jamaica in December. 

The Rev. Dr. Beach at ditto in April. 

The Rev. Mr. Harris at ditto in June. 

The Rev. Mr. Beasley at Hudson and Claverack in April. 

The Rev. Mr. Butler at Hampton in January, and at Stillwater 
in May. 

The Rev. Mr. Perry at Milton and Stillwater at such times as 
may be convenient. 

The Rev. Mr. Beasley at Stillwater in July. 

The Clergy in the city, whenever they can with convenience, 
are to supply the parishes of the adjacent Clergy in the country 
when they are absent in the performance of the above appoint- 
ments. The Clergy are to give seasonable notice to the various 
congregations of the days on which there will be Divine service, 
and it is expected that the churches so supplied will make pro- 
vision for defraying the expenses of the Clergy who visit them. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Delegates to 
the General Convention : 

Rev. Abraham Beach, Rev. John H. Hobart, Rev. Isaac Wil- 
kins, Rev. R. C. Moore ; Rufus King, John Onderdonk, John 
Moore, John Reed. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Members of the 
Standing Committee : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Harris, Rev. Mr. Jones, Rev. Dr. 
Hobart ; Richard Harison, Matthew Clarkson, William Ogden, 
John Onderdonk. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Members of " the 
Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating 
the Gospel in the State of New York :" 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Cave Jones, Rev. Dr. Hobart; John 
Onderdonk, Garrit H. Van Wagenen, David M. Clarkson. 

The Convention adjourned. 

Attested, 
1 JOHN H. HOBART Sec'y. 



TWENTY-SECOND CONVENTION. 



JOURITAI. 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL convention" 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE Or NEW YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK, 

October 4tli, and October 5th, A. D. 1808. 



Hist of tlic ericrss anO Slnj ISekgatcs 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 

CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle. 

The Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of Christ Church, Pough- 
keepsie, and Trinity Church, Fishkill. 

The Rev. Abraham L. Clarke, Rector of St. James' Church, 
Newtown, and St. George's Church, Flushing. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

The Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Ann's Church Brook- 
lyn. 

The Rev. William Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, Bow- 
ery, New York. 



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The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead, with which is connected Christ Church, North Hempstead. 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. Richard C. Moore, D. D., Rector of St. Andrew's 
Church, Staten Island. 

The Rev. Davenport Phelps, Missionary in the western parts 
of the State. 

The Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Schenectady. 

The Rev. George Strebeck, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West 
Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The following Clergy, not regularly entitled to seats in the 
Convention, attended, and were admitted to honorary seats : 

The Rev. Edmund D. Barry, Principal of the Episcopal Aca- 
demy, New York, officiates at Grace Church, Jamaica. 

The Rev. John V. Bartow, Deacon, St. Michael's Church, 
Bloomingdale, New York. 

The Rev. James Chapman, Deacon, Trinity Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. Joab G. Cooper, Christ Church, Hudson. 

The Rev. Thomas Y. How, Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. David Moore, Deacon, Staten Island. 

The Rev, Joseph Perry, Christ Church, Balltown. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Deacon, Athens and Coxsackie. 

The Rev. Joseph Warren, St. Peter's Church, Peekskill, and 
St. PhiHp's Church, Philipstown. 

The Rev. Mr. Whitlock, and the Rev. Mr. Wheaton from 
Connecticut. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, John Davis, John L. Fonda. 

St. Andrew's Church, Richmond county, Staten Island, Abra- 
ham Buskirk, Joseph Bedell, John Dunn. 

Trinity Church, New York, John Onderdonk. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers, Isaac Lawrence, Elijah Valentine. 

St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, New York, Robert I. 
Kemble, Valentine Nutter. 

Bedford and Northcastle, William Miller, Nicholas Haight. 

St. Andrew's Church, Coldenham, Graham. 

St. Peter's and St. Philip's, Courtlandtown, James Mandeville. 



180S.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 169 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Robert Hodge, James B. Clarke. 

Caroline Church, Setauket, Gilbert Floyd. 

Grace Church, Jamaica, James Morel, James Mackarcl, sen., 
David Rowland. 

Christ Church, New York, George Warner, George Dominick. 

St. James' Church, North Salem, Epenetus Wallace. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, Richard Thorne. 

St. George's Church, Newburgh, Justin Foot. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill, Daniel C. Verplanck. 

Trinity Church, New Rochelle, James Bertine, John Bonnet. 

Christ Church, Hudson, William E. Norman. 

St. James' Church, Newtown, David Moore, Samuel Van 
Wyck. 

New York, October 4th, 1808. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of 
New York, and the city of New York having been appointed 
by the Bishop as the place of meeting ; the Right Rev. Bishop 
Moore, and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates attended, at 
10 o'clock A. M., in Trinity Church. 

Divine service was celebrated by the Rev. Mr. Wilkins, Rec- 
tor of St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, 
East Chester ; and a sermon suitable to the occasion preached by 
the Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector of St Peter's Church, Albany. 

After Divine service the Convention assembled ; and the list oi 
the Clergy being called over agreeably to the second canon of 
this Church of 1803, the following Clergy answered to their 
names, and took their seats : 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New- 
Rochelle ; Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector of 
St. Peter's Church, Albany ; Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of 
Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, and Trinity Church, Fishkill ; Rev. 
Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers ; Rev. Henry 
J. Feltus, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev. William 
Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, in the Bowery, New York ; 
Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead; 
Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York; Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ 
Church, New York ; Rev. Richard Channing Moore, D. D., Rector 
of St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island ; Rev. Davenport Phelps, 



170 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1808. 

Missionary in the western parts of the State ; Rev. Cyrus Steb- 
bins, Rector of St. George's Church, Schenectady ; Rev. George 
Strebeck, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, New York ; Rev. Isaac 
Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and St. 
Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The following Clergy were absent : 

The Rev Amos G. Baldwin, Missionary ; Rev. David Butler, 
Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and Trinity Church, Lansing- 
burgh; Rev. Jonathan Judd, Rector of St. John's Church, Johns- 
town, and Church, Fort Hunter ; Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector 

of St. John's Church, Otsego, St. Luke's Richfield, and Harmony 
Church, Butternutts ; Rev. John Reed, St. Luke's Church, Catts- 
kill ; Rev. Evan Rogers, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 

The Lay Delegates exhibited the certificates of their appoint- 
ment, which were read, and severally approved ; and the follow- 
ing Delegates took their seats : 

From Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, John Davis, and John L. 
Fonda ; St. Andrew's Church, Richmond county, Staten Island, 
Abraham Buskirk, Joseph Bedell, and John Dunn ; Trinity Church, 
New York, John Onderdonk ; St. John's Church, Yonkers, Isaac 
Lawrence, and Elijah Valentine; St. Michael's Church, Blooming- 
dale, New York, Robert I. Kemble, and Valentine Nutter ; Bed- 
ford and Northcastle, Wilham Miller, and Nicholas Haight ; St. 

Andrew's Church, Coldenham, Graham; St. Peter's and 

St. Philip's, Courtlandtown, James Mandeville; St. Ann's Church, 
Brooklyn, Robert Hodge, and James B. Clarke; CaroHne Church, 
Setauket, Gilbert Floyd ; Grace Church, Jamaica, James Morel, 
James Mackarel, sen., and David Rowland; Christ Church, New 
York, George Warner, and George Dominick; St. James' Church, 
North Salem, Epenetus Wallace ; St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead, Richard Thorne ; St. George's Church, Newburgh, Justin 
Foot ; Trinity Church, Fishkill, Daniel C. Verplanck ; Trinity 
Church, New Rochelle, James Bertine, and John Bonnet ; Christ 
Church, Hudson, William E. Norman. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That ministers of this Church residing in this State, 
and not regularly entitled to seats, be admitted to honorary seats. 

In consequence of this resolution, the following Clergy were 
admitted to honorary seats : 

The Rev. Edmund D. Barry, Rev. Joseph Warren, Rev. Joab 
G. Cooper, Rev. Thomas Y. How, presbyters ; and the Rev. 
Joseph Prentiss, Rev. Joseph Perry, Rev. James Chapman, and 
Rev. John V. Bartow, Deacons. 



1808.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 171 

Resolved, That the Rev. Mr. Whitlock, and the Rev. Mr. 
Wheaton, appointed by the Convocation of the Church in Con- 
necticut to attend this Convention, be achnitted to honorary seats ; 
and that this Convention consider this appointment as an evidence 
of the brotherly affection of the Convocation of the Church in 
Connecticut. 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart was elected the Secretary of the 
Convention. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be returned to 
the Rev. Mr. Beasley for his sermon preached before them this 
day, and that he be requested to furnish a copy for publication. 

Agreeably to the 46th canon of the General Convention, " pro- 
viding; for making; known the Constitution and Canons of the 
Church," the Secretary proceeded to the reading of the same, 
and after progress therein, the Convention adjourned until nine 
o'clock to-morrow morninof. 



Wednesday, October 5th, 9 o'clock A. M. 

The Convention met, and Divine service was celebrated by the 
Rev. Dr. Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island. 

Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, pro- 
viding for an accurate view of the state of the Church from time 
to time, the Bishop delivered the following address to the Con- 
vention : 

" BRETHREN, 

" In compliance with the 45th canon, I lay before the Conven- 
tion, the following statement of my transactions, in the discharge 
of my Episcopal duties, during the last year. 

" Since the last meeting of the Convention, (exclusive of the 
four congregations which are more immediately committed to ray 
pastoral care, as rector of Trinity Church,) I have visited the fol- 
lowing churches, for the purpose of administering the holy rite 
of Confirmation, and of inquiring into the state of the respective 
congregations : 

" Christ Church, New York. 

« St. Ann's, Brooklyn. 

" St. Andrew's, Staten Island. 

" Trinity Church, New Rochelle. 

" St. Peter's, West Chester. 

" St. Paul's, East Chester. 



172 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1808. 

" St. Mark's, Bowery. 

" St. John's, Yonkers. 

" In the before-mentioned period of time, 692 persons have 
been confirmed. 

" We have, at present, ten young gentlemen who have signified 
their intention of applying for admission into Holy Orders ; and 
from the good dispositions which they have hitherto manifested, 
and the dihgence with which they prosecute their theological 
studies, we have before us the pleasing prospect of soon supply- 
ing our destitute congregations with a sufficient number of pious 
and well-instructed Clergymen. 

" Since I last had the happiness of meeting you in Convention, 
I have ordained, 

" Amos G. Baldwin, Joab G. Cooper, Nathan Bourne Crocker 
of Rhode Island, John Reed, and Thomas Yardley How, Priests. 
Joseph Prentiss, Paul Trapier Gervais of South CaroUna, John 
V. Bartow, and David Moore, Deacons. 

" As to the changes which have taken place in the affairs of 
our Church, in the course of the preceding year, 1 have to in- 
form the Convention, that Thomas Yardley How has been 
appointed an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, in this city. 
James Chapman, Deacon, is engaged for one year, to assist in 
the performance of the duties of this parish ; John V. Bartow, 
Deacon, is settled in St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale ; Henry 
J. Feltus has been regularly instituted into the parish of St. Ann's 
Church, Brooklyn ; Edmund D. Barry is engaged for one year, 
to officiate in Grace Church, Jamaica ; Joab G. Cooper is called 
to Christ Church, Hudson, which had become vacant by the re- 
moval of their former rector, Mr. Bethel Judd ; David Moore, 
Deacon, is employed as an assistant to his father, Dr. Richard C. 
Moore, on Staten Island ; Joseph Prentiss, Deacon, officiates at 
Athens and Coxsackie ; Joseph Perry, Deacon, at Balltown ; 
Amos G. Baldwin, and Davenport Phelps are considered as more 
immediately attached to the churches at Utica and Geneva, but 
at the same time, are employed as missionaries to the neighbouring 
destitute congregations. Several more clergymen might be em- 
ployed to great advantage in the character of missionaries, but 
the Missionary Committee are destitute of the means of supporting 
more than the two who are already engaged."* 

After which an ordination was held by the Bishop, and the 
Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Deacon, at Athens and Coxsackie, was 
admitted to the holy order of Priest. The Convention then as- 
sembled. 

* The remainder of the Address being in the form of a Charge, will be published 
separate from the Journals. 



180S.] OP THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 173 

The Rev. Abraham L. Clarke, Rector of St. James' Church, 
Newtown, and St. George's Church, Flushing, appeared, and 
took his seat. 

The Rev. David Moore, Deacon, was admitted to an honorary 
seat. 

Messrs. David Moore, and Samuel Van Wyck, Lay Delegates 
from St, James' Church, Newtown, and Col, Sands, from St, 
George's Church, Hempstead, appeared, and took their seats. 

The reading of the Canons, which was commenced yesterday, 
w^as finished. 

The Clergy who were absent at the last Convention were 
called on for the reasons of their absence, agreeably to the canon 
enjoining their attendance, which reasons were accepted. 

The Clergy were called on for their parochial reports required 
by the 45th canon of the General Convention, " Providing for an 
accurate view of the state of the Church from time to time," 
which were presented, and are inserted on the Journals. 



Reports of the State of the Congregations 

OF THE 

PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, 
From October, 1807, to October, 1808. 



Poughkeepsie and Fishkill; Rev, Barzillai Bulkley, Rector. — 
Christ Church, Poughkeepsie. Baptisms, children 20, adults 4 — 
24 ; funerals, 13 ; marriages, 5 ; communicants, not far from 50. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill. Baptisms, infants 12, adult 1 — 13; 
funerals, 4 ; marriage, 1 ; communicants, about 30. 

I preached in Washington one Sunday, and made another ap- 
pointment, but rain prevented me from attending. Once I preached 
in Newburgh. B. BULKLEY. 

1.9^. John's Church, Yonkers ; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector.— 
Families belonging to said church, 84 -, baptisms, adults 9, chil- 
dren 14 — 23 ; marriages, 13 ; funerals, 4 ; communicants, 45. 

Nothing material has ocui-red since the last statement. 

E. COOPER, Rector. 



174 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1808. 

St. Stepheiv's Church, JVew York ; Rev. George Strebeck, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 2, infants 56 — 685 marriages, 31; 
communicants, about 70 ; funerals, 9. 

JVewtown, St. James' Church. Flushing, St. George^ s Church ; 
Rev. Abraham Lynsen Clarke, Rector. — St. James" Church, JYeio- 
tow7i. Baptisms, children 7, adults 2 — 9; marriage, 1; funerals, 
3; communicants, 19. 

St. George" s Church, Flushing. Baptisms, children 5, adults 
6 — 11; marriages, 4; funerals, 3; communicants, 16. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector. — 
Baptisms, infants 23, adult 1 — 24 ; communicants, (increase in 
the last year 16) about 60 ; marriages, 11; deaths from the con- 
gregation, infants and adults, about 12. 

In the united Churches of St. Peter's, Peekskill, and St. 
Philip's, Philipstovm ; Rev. Joseph Warren. — Baptisms, adults 
2, children 16 — 18 ; communicants, 8 ; deaths, 6 ; marriages, 6. 

Trinity Church, Athens, and Christ Church, Coxsackie; Rev. 
Joseph Prentiss, Deacon, officiating Minister. — Baptisms, adults 
and infants, 62 ; funerals, about 20 ; marriages, about 14. 

Balltown, Christ Church, and St. Paul's Church, Charlton ; 
Rev. Joseph Perry, — Baptisms, infants 40, adults 4 — 44 ; mar- 
riages, 5 ; funerals, 6 ; number of families, about 90 ; removals 
into the parish, 2. 

Since taking charge of these churches, I have visited the church 
in Stamford, Delaware county, performed Divine service, and 
baptised 31 children. I have also visited the churches at Milton 
and Stillwater. JOSEPH PERRY. 

St. George's Church, Schenectady ; Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rec- 
tor. — Baptisms, adult 1, infants 53 — 54; marriages, 36 ; funerals, 
5 ; communicants, 42. 

St. Andrew's Church, Stolen Island; Rev. Richard C. Moore, 
D. D., Rector. — Families, about 300; communicants, nearly 200; 
baptisms, about 80. 

The last return of communicants amounted to the number of 
one hundred and forty ; but during the year it has pleased Al- 
mighty God to bless the people committed to my charge, with a 
more than ordinary attention to sacred things. Their attendance 
upon the services of our holy Church has been highly pleasing, 
and their behaviour has been marked with the strongest features 
of rational devotion. Since Easter Sunday, near sixty new com- 
municants have kneeled at the altar of the Saviour, and promise 
fair to be ornaments to the Christian religion. 

RICHARD C. MOORE. 



180S,] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 176 

*SY. Peter'* s Church, Albany; Rev. Frederick Beasley, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 60 ; marriages, 20. 

The number of communicants nearly the same as last year. 
Some have been added to our number (hirinn; the past year, and 
some have died. FREDERICK BEASLEY. 

Trinity Church, Mew Rochelle; Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rec- 
tor. — From the first Tuesday in October, 1806, to the first Tues- 
day in October, 1807, baptisms, adults 6, infants 22 — 2S ; mar- 
riages, 12 ; communicants, nearly the same as last reported, 18. 

From the first Tuesday in October, 1807, to the first Tuesday 
in October, 1808, baptisms, 11; marriages, 11; communicants, 
nearly the same as last reported, 18. 

All Account of the Rise and Progress of Grace Church, Jamaica, 
from 1710 fo 1808. 

The Rev. Thomas Poyer officiated as missionary from the 
Society in England for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts. 
The Rev. Thomas Colgan succeeded Mr. Poyer in the year 1732, 
and in the year 1735 Grace Church was built, and soon after the 
churches at Newtown and Flushing. Mr. Colgan left no records. 
He died in the year 1755, and was succeeded by the Rev. Samuel 
Seabury, jun. In the year 1761 a royal charter was granted to 
the Wardens and Vestry of Grace Church by the then Lieutenant- 
Governor, Cadwallader Colden, Esq. Mr. Seabury left no records. 
The church at that time was repaired to the amount of j£93 18 
shillings. At that time there were twenty-four families belong- 
ing to the church. The Rev. Joshua Bloomer succeeded Mr. 
Seabury in the year 1769. Mr. Bloomer kept no records but of 
marriages until the year 1780, and then of marriages and baptisms 
only. In the year 1780, Mr. Bloomer began a record of mar- 
riages and baptisms. 

The roof of the church was repaired in 1786 to the amount of 
je65 12 shillings. 

Mr. Bloomer died the 23d of June, 1790. The Rev. William 
Hammell was called in July same year. Kept no records but of 
marriages and baptisms. 

Mr. Hammell left the parish August 17, 1795. The Rev. 
Charles Seabury officiated a short time till the death of his father, 
1796. The Rev. Elijah D. Rattoone was called the 12th May, 
1797. 

In the year 1799 the church was repaired to the amount of 
j£636 11 shillings. 

Mr. Rattoone left Jamaica in 1802, and the Rev. Calvin White 
was called January the 1st, 1803, and continued till August 17, 
1804. 



176 JOURNALS OP THE CONVENTIONS [1808. 

The Rev. George Strebeck was called 1st of May, 1805, for 
six months. 

The Rev. Andrew Fowler was called 8th of April, 1806, for 
six months. 

The Rev. John Ireland was called in May, 1807, no time 
agreed on. 

The Rev. Edmund D. Barry was called the 1st of April, 1808, 
for one year ; baptised five, buried two. 

Jamaica, October 1st, 1808. 

A true copy taken from the minutes, 

W. PUNTINE, Sec'y. 
The number of communicants is at present about fifteen. 

The Parish of Trinity Church, Jfew York, consisting of Trin^ 
ity Church, and, St. George's, St. Paul's, and St. John's Chapels ; 
Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Rector. — Baptisms, 339 ; 
marriages, 1 16 ; funerals, 442 ', number of communicants, nearly 
the same as at the last Convention, about 1000. 

Christ Church, JVew York; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector. — 
Baptisms, infants 153, adults 6 — 159 ; marriages, 51 ; communi- 
cants, about 280 ; funerals, 34. 

St Paul's Church, East Chester, and St. Peter's West Chester; 
Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector. — Baptisms, adults 7, children 16 — 
23 ; marriages, 9 ; funerals, 7 ; communicants, about 50. 

Christ Church, Rye and White Plains ;* Rev. Evan Rogers, 
Rector. — Baptisms, 9; marriages, 13; burials, 9; communicants, 
about 40 ', and the number of famihes belonging to this church 
are about 100. 

An unhappy misunderstanding has subsisted between Rye and 
that part of the parish residing at White Plains. The rector is 
happy in having to state that a union has been restored since the 
last Convention, which, it is hoped, will contribute to the real 
interest of this church. 

Agreeably to appointment I visited and performed Divine 
service twice at Bedford, once at Stephentown, and once at 
Newcastle. And although the congregations in those places 
appear to labour under discouragements, having no settled min- 
ister, yet many are firmly attached to our Church, and are highly 
gratified with even the partial services which we are able to af- 
ford them. 

E. ROGERS. 

* This report was forwarded since the meeting of the Convention, 



1808.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YOHK. 177 

The Clersry were called on for tlic collections made in their 
respective cliurcbes for the Episcopal and Missionary Funds ; an 
account of which was accordingly rendered. 

Very satisfactory accounts were rendered of the missions of the 
Rev. D. Phelps, and the Rev. Mr. Baldwin. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be returned to 
the Rev. Mr. Phelps, and the Rev. Mr. Baldwin, for their faithful 
services as missionaries. 

The Rev. Dr. Beach, and the Rev. J. H. Hobart, two members 
of the Standing Committee, reported to the Convention, that they 
had examined the Treasurer's accounts, and found them correct. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the office of Consecration of Churches and 
Chapels, implies that the buildings set apart for the service of 
Almighty God are appropriated solely to Divine service ; and, 
therefore, they shall not be used for any secular purposes what- 
soever. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to draft and present 
a memorial to the Corporation of Trinity Church, in the city of 
New York, if they deem it expedient so to do, setting forth the 
necessity of cherishing and increasing the fund for the support 
of the Episcopate, and praying from the said Corporation a dona- 
tion in aid of the said fund. 

The Rev. Dr. Moore, the Rev. Mr. Jones, and Mr. Hodge, 
were appointed a Committee for the aforesaid purpose. 

The Clergy who were appointed at the last Convention to visit 
the vacant congregations, severally made report of their having 
discharged that duty, and of the state of the parishes which they 
visited. And, agreeably to the canon of this Church of 1806, 
the following appointments were made to supply vacant parishes : 

The Rev. Mr. Hart at Huntington in November next, on a 
Sunday, and at Setauket and Islip on some days in the same 
week. 

The Rev. Mr. Wilkins at Huntington in July next, on a 
Sunday, and at Setauket and Islip on some days in the same 
week. 

The Rev. Mr. Feltus at Mp in May next, on a Sunday, and 
at Setauket and Huntington on some days in the same week. 



178 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1808. 

The Rev. Mr. Clarke in September next at Setauket, on a 
Sunday, and at Huntington and Islip on some days in the same 
w^eek. 

The Rev. Dr. Moore at Bedford in November. 

The Rev. Mr. EKas Cooper at ditto in May. 

The Rev. Mr. Hobart at ditto in August. 

These three last-named gentlemen to supply North Salem, and 
the other congregations in West Chester county, on a Sunday, 
or some days in the same week of their appointments at Bed- 
ford. 

The Rev. Mr. Bulkley at Washington in November, and at 
Newburgh in December. 

The Rev. Mr. Jones at Newburgh and the neighbourhood in 
September next. 

The Rev. Mr. Strebeck at ditto in July. 

The Rev. Mr. Prentiss at New Stamford and other vacant con- 
gregations in June. 

The Rev. Mr. Perry at Milton and Stillwater, &c., at such 
times as may be convenient. 

The Rev. Mr. Butler at Hampton in January, and Stillwater 
in May. 

The Rev. Mr. Beasley at Duanesborough in April, and at Still- 
water in July next. 

The Rev. Mr. Stebbins at Duanesborough in November. 

The Rev. Joab G. Cooper to visit the congregations in the 
neighbourhood of the village of Claverack occasionally. 

The Clergy in the city, whenever they can vidth convenience, 
are to supply the parishes of the adjacent Clergy in the country 
when they are absent in the performance of the above appoint- 
ments. The Clergy are to give seasonable notice to the various 
congregations of the days on which there will be Divine service, 
and it is expected that the churches so supplied will make provi- 
sion for defraying the expenses of the Clergy who visit them. 

A memorial was presented, and read, from the Rector, Wardens, 
and Vestrymen of Christ Church, New Orleans, praying that the 
Bishop and Convention would recognize said church as part of the 
ecclesiastical diocese of New York. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the granting of the prayer of the petition is 
incompatible with the 37th canon of the General Convention, 
and with ecclesiastical order ; but as this Convention feel cordially 
interested for the welfare of the church at New Orleans, the Bishop 
be respectfully requested to extend to them, as far as may be in 
his power, his Episcopal care and counsel. 



1808.] OF THE DIOCESE OP NEW YORK. 179 

The certificate of the incorporation of St. Paul's Church, 
Honeyoy, in the county of Ontario, was presented and read, and 
approved, and the said church received into union with this Con- 
vention. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the Rev. Dr. Beach, and the Rev. Dr. Moore 
be appointed to attend the meeting of the Convention of the 
Church in Connecticut in June next. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Delegates to the 
General Convention : 

Rev. Abraham Beach, Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rev. R. C. Moore, 
Rev. John H. Hobart ; Rufus King, John Onderdonk, John 
Moore, John Reed. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Members of the 
Standing Committee : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Harris, Rev. Mr. Jones, Rev. Dr. 
Hobart; Richard Harison, Matthew Clarkson, William Ogden, 
•John Onderdonk, 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Members of the 
Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating 
the Gospel in the State of New York : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Jones, Rev. Dr. Hobart; John 
Onderdonk, Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, David M. Clarkson. 

The Convention adjourned. 

Attested, 

JOHN H. HOBART, Sec'i/, 



» 



T W E N T Y-T PI I R D CONVENTION. 



OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PHOTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK j 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK, 

October 3d, and October 4th, A. D. 1809. 



3List of tljc Cllerjjn ana SLaj JBdeaates 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 

CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Parker Adams, Missionary. 

The Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Church, Utica. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle. 

The Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D,, an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Nathanael Bowen, Rector of Grace Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and 
Trinity Church, Lansingburgh. 

The Rev. AlDraham L. Clarke, Rector of St. James' Church, 
Newtown. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

The Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brook- 
lyn. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead, with which is connected Christ Church, North Hempstead. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church;^ Rye. 



1809.] JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. 181 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Thomas Y. How, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Jonathan Judd, Rector of St. John's Church, Johns- 
town, and St. Ann's Church, Fort Hunter. 

The Rev. I'homas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. Richard C. Moore, D. D., Rector of St. Stephen's 
Church, New York. 

. The Rev. Davenport Phelps, Missionary in the western parts 
of the State. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Athens. 

The Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Schenectady. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West 
Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The following Clergy, not regularly entitled to seats in the 
Convention, were admitted to honorary seats : 

The Rev. Dr. William Smith, New York. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley. 

The Rev. John V. Bartow, Deacon, St. Michael's Church, 
Bloomingdale, New York. 

The Rev. Timothy Clowes, Deacon, Grace Church, Jamaica. 

The Rev. David Moore, Deacon, St. Andrew's Church, Staten 
Island. 

The Rev. Ashbel Baldwin, the Rev. Philo Shelton, Delegates 
from the Convention of Connecticut. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, Stephen Carman. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, John Davis. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Robert Hodge, William Grigg. 

St. Mark's Church, Bowery, New York, Mangle Minthorne, 
George Turnbull. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, Joseph Bedell, John La 
Torette, Nathaniel Britton, Halsey. 

St. Paul's Church, East Chester, Lancaster Underbill. 

Christ Church, New York, George Dominick, George Puffer. 

Trinity Church, Utica, Benjamin Walker. 

Trinity Church, New York, A. L. Bleecker, John Onderdonk. 

St. Paul's Church, Troy, Eliakim Warren. 

St. James' Church, Newtown, David Moore, Jacob Moore, 
Thomas Alsop. 



182 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1809. 

Grace Church, Jamaica, Charles M'Neil, John Skidmore. 

Du St Esprit, New York, John Kemp. 

St. George's Church, Flushing, Lawrence Roe, Thomas Philips. 

St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, Robert I. Kemble, Val- 
entine Nutter. 

Trinity Church, New Rochelle, James Bertine, 

St. Stephen's Church, New York, Henry Pope, James Gillen- 
der. 

Bedford and Northcastle, Dsivid Olmstead, Benjamin Isaacs. 

St. James' Church, North Salem, Joshua Purdy. 

Caroline Church, Brookhaven, William Jayne. 

Trinity Church, Athens, Henry White. 

St. Andrew's Church, Orange county, Alexander Dareus, 

Grace Church, New York, Joshua Waddington, David B. 
Ogden. 

Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, Hezekiah Ketchum. 

Christ Church, Rye, Jonathan Purdy. 

Trinity Church, Fairfield, Andrew S. Bartow. 



New York, October 3d, 1809. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the Con- 
vention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New 
York, and the city of New York having been appointed by the 
Bishop as the place of meeting ; the Right Rev. Bishop Moore, 
and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates attended, at 10 
o'clock A. M., in Trinity Church. 

Divine ser\dce was celebrated by the Rev. Mr. Hart, Rector of 
St. George's Church, Hempstead ; and a sermon preached by the 
Right Rev. Bishop Moore. . 

After Divine service, the Convention assembled; and the hst of 
the Clergy being called over agreeably to the second canon of this 
Church of 1803, the follow^ing Clergy answered to their names, 
and took their seats : 

The Rev. Parker Adams, Missionary; Amos G. Baldwin, 
Rector of Trinity Church, Utica ; Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rec- 
tor of Trinity Church, New Rochelle ; Rev. Abraham Beach, 
D. D., an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Na- 
thanael Bowen, Rector of Grace Church, New York ; Rev. David 
Butler, Rector of St. Paiil's Church, Troy, and Trinity Church, 
Lansingburgh ; Rev. Abraham L. Clarke, Rector of St. James' 
Church, Newtown ; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's 
Church, Yonkers; Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Ann's 



1809.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. • 183 

Church, Brooklyn ; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's 
Church, Hempstead ; Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ 
Church, Rye; Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., an Assistant 
Minister of Trinity Church, New York; Rev Thomas Y. How^, 
an Assistant IVIinister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Cave 
Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. 
Jonathan Juckl, Rector of St. John's Church, Johnstown, and St. 
Ann's Church, Fort Hunter ; Rev Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ 
Church, New York; Rev. Richard C. Moore, D. D., Rector of 
St. Stephen's Church, New York ; Rev. Davenport Phelps, Mis- 
sionary in the western parts of the State ; Rev. Joseph Prentiss, 
Athens ; Rev. Cyi-us Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Schenectady ; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The following Clergy were absent : 

The Rev. William Harris, St. Mark's Church, Bowery, New 
York ; Rev. Daniel Nash, St. John's Church, Otsego, St. Luke's, 
Richfield, and Harmony Church, Butternutts ; Rev. Joseph Perry, 
Christ Church, Balltown ; Rev. John Reed, St. Luke's Church, 
Cattskill. 

The Lay Delegates exhibited the certificates of their appoint- 
ment, which were read, and severally approved ; and the follow- 
ing Delegates took their seats : 

From St. George's Church, Hempstead, Stephen Carman ; 
Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, John I)a\'is; St. Ann's Church, 
Brooklyn, Robert Hodge, and William Grigg ; St. Mark's 
Church, Bow^ery, New York, Mangle Minthorne, and George 
Turnbull; St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, Joseph Bedell, 

John La Torette, Nathaniel Britton, and Halsey ; St. Paul's 

Church, East Chester, Lancaster Underbill ; Christ Church, New 
York, George Dominick, and George Putfer; Trinity Church, 
Utica, Benjamin Walker ; Trinity Church, New York, A. L. 
Bleecker, and John Onderdonk ; St. Paul's Church, Troy, Eliakim 
Warren ; St. James' Church, Newtown, David Moore, Jacob 
Moore, and Thomas Alsop ; Grace Church, Jamaica, Charles 
M'Neil, and John Skidmore; Du St. Esprit, New York, John 
Kemp ; St. George's Church, Flushing, Lawrence Roe, and 
Thomas Philips ; St Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, Robert I. 
Kemble, and Valentine Nutter ; Trinity Church, New Rochelle, 
James Bertine ; St. Stephen's Church, New York, Henry Pope, 
and James Gillender ; Bedford and Northcastle, David Olmstead, 
and Benjamin Isaacs ; St. James' Church, North Salem, Joshua 
Purdy ; Caroline Church, Brookhaven, William Jayne ; Trinity 
Church, Athens, Henry WTiite ; St. Andrew's Church, Orange 



184 , JOURNALS OF THE COXYEXTIONS [1809. 

county, Alexander Darius ; Grace Church, New York, Joshua 
"Waddington, and David B. Ogden; Trinity Church, Lansing- 
burgh, Hezekiah Ketchum ; Christ Church, Rye, Jonathan Purdy ; 
Trinity Church, Fairfield, Andrew S. Bartow. 

The certificates of the incorporation of Grace Church, New 
York, and of St. Peter's Church, Pulteney\-ille, were read, and 
approved, and the said churches received into union with this 
Convention, 

The Rev. Nathanael Bowen having been instituted rector of 
Grace Church, New York, took his seat in Convention ; and the 
certificate of the appointment of Lay Delegates from said church 
havhig been read, and approved, Joshua Waddington and David 
B. Ogden took their seats as Delegates from Grace Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. John Henr}- Hobart was elected the Secretary of the 
Convention. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That ministers of this Chm*ch residing in this State, 
and not regularly entitled to seats, be admitted to honorary' seats 
in this Convention, with the privilege of delivering their sentiments 
on any matters which may come before it. 

The follo\\Tng Clergy accordingly took their seats as honorary 
members : 

The Rev. Dr. William Smith ; Rev. Mr. Bulkley ; Rev. John 
V. Bartow, Deacon, officiating in St. Michael's Church, Bloom- 
ingdale ; Rev. Timothy Clowes, Deacon, officiating in Grace 
Chm'ch, Jamaica ; and the Rev. David Moore, Deacon, officiat- 
ing in St. Andrew's Chmch, Staten Island. 

The Rev. Ashbel Baldwin, and the Ptev. Philo Shelton, ap- 
pointed by the Convention of the Church in Connecticut to attend 
this Convention, appeared, and were admitted to honorary seats, 
with the privilege of delivering their sentiments on all matters 
which may come before the Convention. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be returned to the 
Right Rev. Bishop Moore for his sermon preached before them 
this day, and that he be requested to furnish a copy for pubhca- 
tion. 

Agreeably to the 46th canon of the General Convention, " pro- 
viding for making known the Constitution and Canons of the 
Church," the same were read by the Secretary. 



1809.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 185 

/.greeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention pro- 
viding for an accurate ^-iew of the State of the Church from time 
to time, the Bishop delivered the following address : 

• BRETHREN, 

'' In compliance with the requisitions of the 45th canon, I make 
the follo'\\'ing statement of the affairs of this Diocese since the last 
meetins^ of the Convention : 

" Diu-ing the last year I have administered the holy rite of 
Confirmation in the follo\ving churches : 

'■' Grace Church, Jamaica. 

'•' St. James', Newtown. 

" St. George's, Flushing. 

" St. JNIichael's, Bloomingdale. 

" Trinity- Church, New York. 

" Christ Church, Hudson. 

" St. Peter's, Albany. 

" St. Paul's, Troy. ' 

" Trinit}" Church, Lansingburgh 

" St. George's, Schenectady. 

"At the Lutheran Church in Athens, where an Episcopal 
congreo;ation assembles for public worship ; and at St. Luke's, 
Cattskill. In the course of these Aisitations, I have coniii-med 
304 persons. 

" The following persons have been admitted to Holy Orders : 

'•' Parker Adams, Timothy Clowes, John Croes, jun., of New 
Jersey, and Adam Empie, Deacons. Joseph Perry, James D. 
Simmons, of South Carolina, and Paul Trapier Gervais, from the 
same State, Priests. 

"• John Ireland, formerly rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklpi, 
has been deo-raded from the ministry. 

" Grace Church, in New York, has been incorporated, and the 
Rev Nathanael Bowen regularly appointed the rector thereof. 

" The Rev. George Strebeck has resigned the rectorship of- St. 
Stephen's Church, and is succeeded by the Rev. Dr. Richard 
Moore ; and the church on Staten Island is now supplied by his 
son, David Moore, Deacon. 

" The Rev. Abraham Clarke, formerly rector of St. James' 
Church, Newtown, and St. George's Church, Flushing, is now 
confined to the chm-ch at Newtown ; and St. George's, Flushing, 
has, of course, become vacant. 

" Timothy Clowes, Deacon, officiates at Grace Chm-ch, Jamaica ; 
and Adam Empie is employed as an Assistant to the Rev. Setli 
Hart in the chm-ches at South and North Hempstead. 

" The Rev. Samuel Haskell has been duly instituted rector of 
Grace Church, Rye and ^Miite Plains, which had become vacant 



186 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1809. 

in consequence of the much lamented death of the late rector, 
Evan Rogers. 

" The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, and the Rev. Frederick Beasley, 
have relinquished the rectorship of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, 
and St. Peter's, Albany; which churches are not yet supphed 
with clergymen." 

The following report was read, and accepted : 

The Committee to whom was referred the subject of presenting 
a memorial to the Corporation of Trinity Church, in New York, 
for the purpose of aiding the Episcopal Fund, beg leave to report, 
That they have deemed it inexpedient to present such memorial, 
because they conceive that it would be attended with more effect, 
if it came from the Convention in a body. They have, however, 
made the necessary inquiry, and are of opinion that the present 
is a favourable time for such memorial to be presented. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed for the purpose of 
drafting and reporting, for the consideration of the Convention, a 
memorial as contemplated in the above report. 

The original Committee on the subject, viz., the Rev. Dr. 
Moore, the Rev. Mr. Jones, and Mr. Hodge, were appointed for 
this purpose. 

The Clergy who were absent at the last Convention" were 
called on for the reasons of their absence, agreeably to the canon 
enjoining their attendance ; which reasons were accepted. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, who had been instituted rector of 
Christ Church, Rye, appeared, and took his seat. 

The Convention adjourned until nine o'clock to-morrow morn- 
ing. 

Wednesday, October 4th, 9 o'clock A. M. 

The Convention met, and Divine service was celebrated by 
the Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Church, Sche- 
nectady. 

The certificates of the appointment of Lay Delegates from 
Christ Church, Rye, and Trinity Church, Fairfield, were read and 
approved, and Jonathan Purdy, a Lay Delegate from Christ 
Church, Rye, and Andrew S. Bartow, a Lay Delegate from Trin- 
ity Church, Fairfield, appeared, and took their seats. 



1809.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 187 

The Clergy were called on for their parochial reports, required 
by the 45th canon of the General Convention, which were 
presented, and, as required by the said canon, inserted on the 
Journals. 



Grace Church, Jamaica ; Rev. Timothy Clowes, Deacon, offi- 
ciating Minister. — Baptisms, adults 6, infants 12 — 18 ; funerals, 
8 ; communicants, 34. 

Christ Church, Rye ; Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector. — Appears 
to be in a flourishing state. Since the 1st of July last. Baptisms, 
adults 4, infants 4 — 8 ; marriages, 2 ; deaths, 9 ; communicants, 
about 50. 

St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale ; Rev. John V. Bartow, 
Deacon, officiating Minister. — Baptisms, adults 2 ; children 31 — 
33 ; marriages, 4 ; funerals, 5 ; communicants, 52. 

Trinity Church, Athens, and Christ Church, Coxsackie ; Rev. 
Joseph Prentiss, Rector. — Baptisms, adults 6, infants 67 — 73 ; 
communicants, in each about 18 — 36; marriages, 7; funerals, 11. 

St. James' Church, JYewtown ; Rev. Abraham L. Clarke, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 4, children 10 — 14; communicants, 
22 ; funerals, 2. 

St. George's Church, Flushing. — Baptisms, 10 ; marriages, 5 ; 
communicants, 21; funerals, 4. 

Trinity Church, JVew Rochclle ; Rev. Theodosius Barlow, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adult 1, infants 4 — 5 ; marriages 10 ; fune- 
rals, 9 ; communicants, from 18 to 26. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector. — 
Baptisms, infants 10, adult 1 — 11; communicants, 50; mar- 
riages, 9. Nothing material has occurred since the last report. 

The Parish of Trinity Church, JVew York, including Trinity 
Church,' and St. George's, St. Paul's, and St. John's Chapels ; 
Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Rector. — Baptisms, 259 ; 
marriages, 79 ; funerals, 305 ; communicants, about the same as 
the last report. 

Christ Church, Balltovm, and St. Paul's Church, Charlton ; 
Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector.* — Baptisms, infants 65, adults 7 — 72 ; 

* This report was forwarded to the Convention. 



188 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1809. 

communicants, not far from 100 ; marriages, 5 ; funerals, 5 ; num- 
ber of families, about 90; removal into the parish, 1. 

During the past year I have thi'ice visited the church in Stam- 
ford, Delaware county, and once the church in Windham, Green 
county. In both of which churches I performed Di\ane service, 
and baptised several children, which are included in the above 
statement. Agreeably to appointment I have also visited the 
churches at Milton and Stillwater. Moreover, to aid the neigh- 
bouring congregations, and to gratify those who live remote from 
the churches under my care, I have preached on week days twen- 
ty-four lectures, and, have had the satisfaction of witnessing that 
attendance on the service of our Church, which does real honour 
to the cause of religion. JOSEPH PERRY. 

St. Ami's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev, Henry James Feltus, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 4, children 24 — 28; marriages, 15; 
deaths, infants and adults 10 ; communicants, 94. 

Vtica, Paris, and Fairfield ; Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector, — 
officiates one-half the time in Utica, one-fom'th in Paris, and one- 
sixth in Fairfield. 

Trinity Church, Utica. Baptisms, adult 1, infants 12 — 13 ; 
marriages, 3 ; funerals, 6 ; number of families, about 25 ; com- 
municants, 20. 

St. PauVs Church, Paris. Baptisms, adults 3, infants 24 — 27 ; 
marriages, 2 ; number of families, 40 ; communicants, 70. 

Trinity Church, Fairfield. Number of families, about 25; 
baptisms, children and infants, 14 ; funeral, 1 ; communicants, 28. 

The members of this church are erecting a house of "worship, 
and have contracted to have it enclosed this season. 

I have preached one Sunday at the Little Falls, on the Mo- 
hawk, where are a few Episcopal families ; also one Sunday in 
Manlius, forty miles from Utica, and administered the holy sacra- 
ment of the Lord's Supper to twelve persons. They told me that 
ihis place and one or two others in its vicinity would at present 
give a clergyman the greatest part of a decent support. 

By the Divine blessing, pure and undefiled religion appears to 
be increasing in my cure. AMOS G. BALDWIN. 

P. S. I have preached nearly fifty lectures in various places 
during the past year, commencing October, 1808. 

Christ Church, Hudson ; Rev. Joab G. Cooper.* — Baptisms, 
28 ; marriages, 4 ; funerals, 13 ; communicants, about 20. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 28 ; marriages, 14 ; communicants, about 100 ; fune- 
rals, 12. • 

* This report was forwarded to the Convention. 



1809.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. ]89 

Christ Church, Mew York; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 173 ; marriages, 43 ; commmiicants, 170. 

St. Peter^s Church, West Chester, and St. Paid's Church, East 
Chester; Rev. Isaac Wilkins Rector. — Baptisms, children 30, 
adults 9 — 39 ; marriages, 8 ; deaths, 7 ; communicants, between 
50 and 60. 

St. George'' s Church, Schenectady ; Rev. Cyrus SteLbins, Rec- 
tor, — Baptisms, adult 1, infants 51 — 52; marriages, 21; funerals, 
8 ; communicants, 43. 

Since the last Convention I have performed Divine service three 
Sundays at Duanesburgh. CYRUS STEBBINS. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island ; Rev. David Moore, Dea- 
con, officiating Minister. — Baptisms, about 90 ; marriages, 12 ; 
funerals, 8 ; families, about 300 ; communicants, 230. 

St. John^s Church, Johnstovm, and St. Ann's Church, Fort 
Hunter ; Rev. Jonathan Judd, Rector. — I commenced my services 
in St. John's Church, in the village of Johnstown, on Sunday, the 
23d of November, 1806, and in St. Ann's, at Fort Hunter, on the 
fourth Sunday following. From that time to the present my ser- 
vices have been divided between the two churches. Three-fourths 
of the time I have performed Divine service at Johnstown, the 
other fom'th at Fort Hunter. 

The number of communicants have increased, and the congre- 
gations, particularly at Johnstown, are considerably enlarged. 

Families at Johnstown, about 45 ; communicants, 15 ; families 
at Fort Hunter, about 20 ; communicants, 5. Baptisms, from 
November, 1806, to October, 1807, Johnstown, 13 ; Fort Hunter, 
2 ;— from October, 1807, to October, 1808, Johnstown, 6 ; Fort 
Hunter, 2 ; — from October, 1808, to October, 1809, Johnstown, 
17 ; Fort Hunter, 2; Amsterdam, 9; two of them adults. Mar- 
riages, in 1808, Johnstown, 1 ; Fort Hunter, 1 ; — 1809, Palentine, 
1. Funerals, from November, 1806, to October, 1807, Johns- 
town, children, 6, adults 2 — 8 ; — from October, 1807, to October, 
1808, Johnstown, adults 3; Fort Hunter, child 1 ; — from October, 
1808, to October, 1809, Johnstown, adult 1. 

Soon after my settling in Johnstown, those who were interested 
in the welfare of the Church set about making such repairs in 
their house of worship as the lapse of time had rendered necessa- 
ry, and had nearly finished, when, in June, 1808, a decisive stop 
was put to their exertions, and theyjwere brought to the most dis- 
couraging situation. In a violent storm the steeple of their church 
was blown down, and much other damage was sustained. By 
the benevolence of Trinity Church, they have, however, been en- 



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abled to make good the damages, and to put the church in hand- 
some repair. 

The house for worship at Fort Hunter remains in a ruinous 
condition. They who belong to it are, however, determined on 
doing something towards repairing it, and I hope they \vi\\ succeed. 

JONATHAN JUDD.* 



The CJergy were called on for the collections made in their re- 
spective churches for the Episcopal and Missionaiy Funds, an 
account of which was accordingly rendered. 

Reports from the missionaries, the Rev. Davenport Phelps, the 
Rev. Joseph Prentiss, and the Rev. Parker Adams, were severally 
read, and, 

On motion. 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of the Convention be 
returned to the missionaries for their faithful services. 

The Rev. Dr. Beach, and the Rev. Dr. Hobart, two members 
of the Standing Committee, reported to the Convention, that they 
had examined the accounts of G. H. Van Wagenen, the Treasurer 
of the Convention, and found them correct. 

G. H. Van Wagenen was re-elected the Treasurer of the Con- 
vention. 

The Clergy who were appointed at the last Convention to visit 
and officiate in the vacant congregations, severally made report of 
their having discharged that dut)'. And agi-eeably to the canon 
of this Chm-ch of 1S06, the following appointments were made to 
supply vacant parishes : 

The Rev. Mr. Hart, the Rev. Mr. Wilkins, the Rev. Mr. Feltus, 
and the Rev. Mr. Clarke, the churches at Huntington, Setauket, 
and Islip. 

The Rev. Re\-. Dr. Moore, and the Rev. Dr. Hobart, the con- 
ffreo-ation at North Salem, and the other vacant congresrations in 
West Chester county. 

The Rev. Mr. Jones, the churches in Orange count}'. 

The Rev. Mr. Perry, the vacant churches in Saratoga county. 

The Rev. Mr. Butler to perform Divine service at Hampton 
and Stillwater. 

The Rev. Mr. Stebbins, at Duanesborough. 

The Rev. Joab G. Cooper, at Albany. 

* The report of the Rev. David Butler, Rector of the churches at Troy and Lan- 
smgburgh, which was presented to the Convention, has been mislaid. 



1809.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YOEK. 191 

The Rev. Jonathan Judd, at Charlton two Sundays and two 
week days. 

The Rev. Dr. Beach, at Albany or Poughkeepsie. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, ditto. 

The above-named Clergy are to give seasonable notice to the 
congregations respectively of the days on which they will attend 
to perform Divine service ; and it is expected that the churches so 
supplied will make provision for defraying the expenses of the 
Clergy who visit them. The Clergy in the city, when they can 
with convenience, are to supply the parishes of the adjacent 
Clergy in the country, when they are absent in the fulfilment of 
the above appointments. 

The Committee appointed to draft a memorial to the Corpora- 
tion of Trinity Church for aid to the Episcopal Fund, reported the 
draft of a memorial, which was considered, and, with amendments, 
adopted. 

A memorial was read from the Africans and their descendants, 
members of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the city of New 
York, praying the decision of the Convention on the subject of 
one of their own colour being admitted to Holy Orders. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the aforesaid memorial be referred to the con- 
sideration of the Bishop and the Standing Committee of the 
Church, to report thereon at the ensuing Convention. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the resolution adopted in the Convention of this 
Church, at their session in the last year, with regard to the ex- 
clusive appropriation of churches to Divine service, is not to be 
considered as applying to the exclusion of the commencement of 
Columbia College, heretofore held in one of the Episcopal 
churches. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed with the pow-er, in 
conjunction wdth the Bishop, of selectmg a set of Psalm tunes, 
together with a set of chants and voluntaries, which shall be re- 
commended to be exclusively used in the churches in this State ; 
and that the said Committee report to the next Convention. 

The Rev. Mr. Jones, the Rev. Mr. Lyell, the Rev.' Dr. Hobart, 
the Rev. Mr. Feltus, Mr. Clement Moore, Mr. Benjamin T. On- 
derdonk, and Mr. D. Olmstead, were appointed the Committee for 
the aforesaid purpose. 



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A memorial was read from the Rev. Dr. Smith, praying the 
patronage of the Convention to a collection of chants edited by 
him — and a " collection of sacred music, adapted to David's 
Psalms," by P. Erben, organist of St. George's Chapel, with sun- 
dry recommendations thereof, was also presented. 

Whereupon, 

Resolved, That the aforesaid " Collection" and the memorial of 
the Rev. Dr. Smith be referred to the above-named Coimnittee. 

The Rev. Mr. Butler, and the Rev. Mr. Hart were appointed to 
attend the Convention of the Church in Connecticut. 

The following persons were Chosen, by ballot, Delegates to the 
General Convention: 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rev. Elias Cooper, Rev. 
J. H. Hobart ; R. King, John Moore, John Onderdonk, Benjamin 
Walker. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Members of the 
Standing Committee : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Dr. Hobart, Rev. Mr. Jones, Rev. Mr. 
Harris ; R. Harison, Gen. Clarkson, W. Ogden, Dr. Onderdonk. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Members of the 
Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating 
the Gospel in the State of New York : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Mr. Jones, Rev. J. H. Hobart; Dr. On- 
derdonk, G. H. Van Wagenen, D. M. Clarkson. 

The Convention adjourned. 

BENJAMIN MOORE, D. D., 

Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church, New York. 

Attested, , 

JOHN H. HOBART, 

Secretary to the Convention. 



TWENTY. FOURTH CONVENTION 



JOUHXJAI. 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK j 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK, 

October 2d, and October 3d, A. D. 1810. 



afst of ttje QtltxQS anO Slav JBcUsjatcs 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Bishop of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Parker Adams, Missionary. 

The Rev. Amos G, Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Church, Utica. 

The Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Nathanael Bowen, Rector of Grace Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's, Flushing. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

The Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brook- 
lyn. 

The Rev. William Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, in the 
Bowery, New York. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead, with which is connected Christ Church, North Hempstead. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 



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The Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New^ York. 

The Rev. Thomas Y. How, an Assistant Mmister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York, 

The Rev. Richard C. Moore, D. D., Rector of St. Stephen's 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of St. John's Church, Otsego, 
St. Luke's, Richfield, and Harmony Church, Butternutts, and 
other churches in Otsego county. 

The Rev. Davenport Phelps, Missionary in the western parts 
of the State. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Church, Athens. 

The Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West 
Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The following Clergy, residing in this State, not regularly 
entitled to seats in the Convention, were admitted to honorary 
seats: 

The Rev. Edmund D. Bariy, Principal of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Academy, New York. 

The Rev. John V. Bartow, Deacon, St. Michael's, Blooming- 
dale. 

The Rev. William Berrian, Deacon. 

The Rev. Timothy Clowes, Deacon, officiating in St. Peter's, 
Albany. 

The Rev. Joab G. Cooper, officiating in Christ Church, Hud- 
son. 

The Rev. Adara Empie, Deacon, officiating as Assistant Min- 
ister in St. George's Church, Hempstead. 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Deacon. 

The Rev. Isaac Jones, Deacon. 

The Rev. David Moore, Deacon, officiating in St. Andrew's 
Church, Staten Island. 

The Rev. Joseph Perry, officiating in Christ Church, Balltown. 

The Rev. William Powell, Deacon, officiating in St. Andrew's 
Church, Orange county, and St. George's Church, Newburgh. 

The Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Deacon, officiating in Grace 
Church, Jamaica. 

The Rev. George Strebeck, New York. 

The Rev. Ralph Williston, Deacon. 

The Rev. WilUam E. Wyatt, Deacon. 



1810.] OF THE moCESE OF NEW YORK. 195 

The following Clergy, residing in other States, were admitted 
to honorary seats : 

The Rev. William Smith, D. D., of the Church of Connecticut. 
The Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Deacon, ditto. 
The Rev. John C. Rudd, Rector of St, John's Church, Ehza- 
bethtown, New Jersey. 

The Rev. Joseph Warren, of the Church in South Carolina. 
The Rev. Amos Pardee, Lanesborough, Massachusetts. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

St. Ann's, Brooklyn, William Grigg, John Cornell, James B. 
Clarke, 

Grace Church, Jamaica, John Skidmore. 

Du St. Esprit, New York, John Kemp. 

Trinity Church, Geneva, Samuel Colt, 

St. James' Church, North Salem, Benjamin Close, Joshua 
Purdy. 

Grace Church, New York, Wright Post. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, Nathaniel Britton, Alex- 
ander Carnes. 

St. George's Church, Newburgh, Dr. David Fowler, William 
Taylor. 

Christ Church, New York, George Dominick, Thomas Harvey. 

St. Andrew's Church, Orange county, Andrew Graham, 

St. Stephen's Church, New York, Cornelius Schuyler, Isaac 
Emmons, James Smith. 

St. James' Church, Newtown, John Alsop. 

St. George's Church, Flushing, Richard Piatt, William Prince. 

Trinity Church, New York, Dr. John Onderdonk. 

St, Peter's Church, Albany, Robert Troup, 

St, Michael's, Bloomingdale, New York, Valentine Nutter. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill, Daniel C. Verplanck, Silvanus Pine, 
Abraham Mesier. 

St. Paul's Church, Charlton, Eliud Davis. 

Christ Church, Balltown, Edward Watrous. 

St. Mark^s Church, Bowery, New York, Nicholas Fish, 

Bedford and Northcastle, David Olmstead, David Haight, 

St, George's Church, Hempstead, Thomas Clowes, Hermanus 
Lott, Abraham Snedeker. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, John Davis, Robert L. Reade. 

St. John's, Yonkers, Henry White, Nathanael Valentine, 

Christ Church, Hudson, William E. Norman. 

St. Matthew's, Unadilla, Abijah H. Beach. 

Zion Church, New York, John P. Ritter, John Sparkes. 

Grace Church, Waterford, Richard Davis, jun. 

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196 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1810. 



New York, October 2d, 1810. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the Con- 
vention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New- 
York, and the city of New York having been appointed by the 
Bishop as the place of meeting ; the Right Rev. Bishop Moore, 
and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates attended, at 10 
o'clock A. M., in Trinity Church. 

Divine service was celebrated by the Rev. Timothy Clowes, 
officiating Minister in St. Peter's Church, Albany; and a sermon 
preached by the Rev. William Harris, Rector of St. Mark's 
Church, in the Bowery, New York. After which, Samuel Fuller 
was admitted by the Bishop to the order of Deacons. 

After Divine service, the Convention assembled ; and the list 
of the Clergy entitled to seats being called over, agreeably to the 
second canon of this Church of 1803, the following Clergy an- 
swered to their names, and took their seats ; 

The Rev. Parker Adams, Missionary ; Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, 
Rector of Trinity Church, Utica ; Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., 
an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Na- 
thanael Bowen, Rector of Grace Church, New York ; Rev. Bar- 
zillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's, Flushing ; Rev. Elias • 
Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers ; Rev. Henry J, 
Feltus, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev. William 
Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, Bowery, New York ; Rev. 
Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead; Rev. 
Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, Rye ; Rev. John Hen- 
ry Hobart, D. D., an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New 
York ; Rev. Thomas Y. How, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York ; Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ 
Church, New York ; Rev. Richard C. Moore, D. D., Rector of 
St. Stephen's Church, New York ; Rev. Davenport Phelps, Mis- 
sionary in the western parts of the State ; Rev. Joseph Prentiss, 

Rector of Church, Athens ; Rev. John Reed, Rector of 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of 
St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East 
Chester. 

The following Clergy, entitled to seats, were absent : 
The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle ; Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Professor of Rhetoric and 
Moral Philosophy in Columbia College; Rev. David Butler, 



1810.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 197 

Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and Trinity Church, Lansing- 
burgh ; Rev. Abraham L. Clarke, Rector of St. James' Church, 
Newtown ; Rev. Jonathan Judd, Rector of St. John's Church, 
Johnstown, and St. Ann's Church, Fort Hunter; Rev. Daniel 
Nash, St. John's Church, Otsego, St. Luke's, Richfield, and Har- 
mony Cluirch, Butternutts ; Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. 
George's Church, Schenectady. 

The Lay Delegates exhibited the certificates of their appoint- 
ment, which were read, and severally approved ; and the follow- 
ing Delegates took their seats : 

From St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, William Grigg, John Cor- 
nell, and James B. Clarke ; Grace Church, Jamaica, John Skid- 
more ; Du St. Esprit, New York, John Kemp ; Trinity Church, 
Geneva, Samuel Colt ; St. James' Church, North Salem, Benjamin 
Close, and Joshua Purdy ; Grace Church, New York, Wright 
Post ; St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, Nathaniel Britton, 
and Alexander Carnes ; St. George's Church, Newburgh, Dr. 
David Fowler, and Wm. Taylor; Christ Church, New York, 
George Dominick, and Thomas Harvey ; St. Andrew's Church, 
Orange county, Andrew Graham ; St. Stephen's Church, New 
York, Cornelius Schuyler, Isaac Emmons, and James Smith ; St. 
James' Church, Newtown, John Alsop ; St. George's Church, 
Flushing, Richard Piatt, and William Prince ; Trinity Church, 

. New- York, Dr. John Onderdonk ; St. Peter's Church, Albany, 
Robert Troup ; St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, New York, 
Valentine Nutter ; Trinity Church, Fishkill, Daniel C. Verplanck, 
Silvanus Pine, and Abraham Mesier ; St. Paul's Church, Charl- 
ton, Eliud Davis ; Christ Church, Balltown, Edward Watrous ; 
.St. Mark's Church, Bowery, New York, Nicholas Fish; Bedford 
and Northcastle, David Olmstead, and David Haight; St. George's 

* Church, Hempstead, Thomas Clowes, Hermanns Lott, and Abra- 
ham Snedeker; Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, John Davis, and 
Robert L. Reade ; St. John's Church, Yonkers, Henry White, 
and Nathanael Valentine ; Christ Church, Hudson, William E. 
Norman; St. Matthew's, Unadilla, Abijah H. Beach; Zion 
Church, New York, John P. Ritter, and John Sparkes ; Grace 
Church, Waterford, Richard Davis, jun. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley having been instituted Rector of 
St. George's Church, Flushing, and the Rev. John Reed having 
been instituted Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, appeared, 
and took their seats. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That ministers of this Church residing in this State, 
and not regularly entitled to seats, be admitted to honorajy 



198 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [18 10. 

seats in this Convention, with the privilege of deUvering their 
sentiments on any matters which may come before it. 

The following Clergy took their seats agreeably to the fore- 
going resolution : 

The Rev. William Berrian, Deacon ; Rev. Timothy Clowes, 
Deacon, officiating in St. Peter's Albany; Rev Joab G. Coopei, 
officiating in Christ Church, Hudson ; Rev. Adam Empie, Deacon, 
officiating as Assistant Minister in St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead ; Rev. Samuel Fuller, Deacon ; Rev. Isaac Jones, Deacon ; 
Rev. David Moore, Deacon, officiating in St. Andrew's Church, 
Staten Island ; Rev. Joseph Perry, officiating in Christ Church, 
Balltown ; Rev. William Powell, Deacon, officiating in St. 
Andrew's Church, Orange county, and St. George's Church, 
Newburgh; Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Deacon, officiating in Grace 
Church, Jamaica ; Rev. George Strebeck, New Yoi'k ; Rev. R. 
Williston, Deacon ; Rev. William E. Wyatt, Deacon. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That ministers of the Church in other dioceses present 
at this Convention be admitted to honorary seats. 

Agreeably to the foregoing resolution the following Clergy 
took their seats : 

The Rev. Dr. William Smith, of the Church in Connecticut ; 
the Rev. J. C. Rudd, Rector of St. John's Church, Elizabethtown, 
New Jersey ; the Rev. Joseph Warren, of the Church in South 
Carolina. 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart was elected the Secretary of the 
Convention. 

On motion, , 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of this Convention be 

returned to the Rev. William Harris for his sermon preached 

before them this day, and that he be requested to furnish a copy 

for publication. 

The Convention adjourned until nine o'clock to-morrow morn- 
ing. 

Wednesday, October 3d, 1810, 

The Convention met, and Divine service was celebrated by 
the Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Deacon, Grace Church, Jamaica. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of St. John's Church, Otsego, 
and of the other churches in Otsego county, appeared, and took 
his seat. 



1810.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 199 

The Rev. Edmund D. Barry, Principal of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Academy, New York ; the Rev. John V. Bartow, Deacon, 
in St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale ; the Rev. John Hooker 
Reignolds, of the Church in South Carolina ; the Rev. Amos 
Pardee, of the Church in Massachusetts ; and the Rev. Samuel 
F. Jarvis, Deacon, of the Church in Connecticut, took their seats 
as honorary members, agreeably to the resolutions of yesterday. 

Mr. James B. Clarke, a Lay Delegate from St. Ann's Church, 
Brooklyn, and David B. Ogden, a Lay Delegate from Grace 
Church, New York, appeared, and took their seats. 

A certificate of the appointment of a Lay Delegate from Christ 
Church, Hudson, was read and approved, and William E. Norman 
took his seat as Lay Delegate from said church. 

A certificate of the incorporation of a church at Chenango 
Point, Broome county, was read. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That there does not appear to the Convention legal 
evidence of the incorporation of said church ; but that it shall be 
received into union with this Convention when such legal evidence 
is exhibited ; and that the Delegate from said church be now 
admitted to an honorary seat. 

Certificates of the incorporation of Zion Church, New York ; 
Grace Church, Waterford ; St. Matthew's Church, Unadilla, 
Otsego county ; St. John's Church, Catherine, Tioga county ; 
St. Paul's Church, Balltown, Saratoga county, were approved, 
and the said churches received into union with this Convention. 

Certificates of the appointment of Lay Delegates from several 
of the above churches were read and approved, and the following 
gentlemen appeared, and took their seats : 

From St. Matthew's Church, Unadilla, Abijah H. Beach ; Zion 
Church, New York, John P. Ritter and John Sparks ; and from 
Grace Chm-ch, Waterford, Richaid Davis. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the Delegates from the Episcopal Church of 
South Salem, of the incorporation of which the Convention has 
no legal evidence, be admitted to honorary seats. Mr. Henry 
Hayt, Delegate from said church, was accordingly admitted to an 
honorary seat. 

Agreeably to the 46th canon of the General Convention, " pro- 



200 JOURNALS OF THE COTfVENTIONS [1810, 

viding for making known the Constitution and Canons of the 
Church," the same were read by the Secretary. 

Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, " pro- 
viding for an accurate view of the State of the Church from time 
to time," the Right Rev. Bishop Moore dehvered the following 
address : 

" For the information of the Convention, I lay before them an 
account of my transactions, in the discharge of my Episcopal 
duties, during the preceding year. 

" The holy rite of Confirmation has been administered at Rye, 
Albany, Paris, Geneva, Richfield, Exeter, Butternutts, Coopers- 
town, Fairfield, Johnstown, and St. Stephen's in this city. In the 
(;ourse of these visitations 455 persons have been confirmed. 

" The under-named churches have been consecrated to the 
service of Almighty God, according to the manner and form pre- 
scribed and used by the Protestant Episcopal Church in these 
United States : 

" Zion Church in this city ; St. James' in Hamilton Square on 
this Island ; Trinity Church at Geneva ; Christ Church in Coopers- 
town ; and Trinity Church at Newark, in New Jersey, at the 
request of the Standing Committee of the Church in that State. 

" The following persons have been admitted to Holy Orders : 

" Gilbert H. Sayres, Nathan Felch, Reuben Hubbard, Samuel 
Sewell, from Massachusetts, William Berrian, Ralph Williston, 
William Powell, William E. Wyatt, and Isaac Jones, have been 
ordained Deacons in the Church ; and James Chapman, Deacon, 
has been ' called unto the higher ministry of the Priesthood.' 

" With the increasing population of our State, I have found 
small congregations springing up in various parts of the Western 
c.ountry. These feeble societies ought to be cherished and en- 
couraged ; and the most effectual mode of doing this, will be, 
the sending of Missionaries among them, and supporting those 
Missionaries, without expecting, for the present, much aid from 
the people. The Convention will, therefore perceive the necessity 
of promoting, to the utmost, the annual collections which are 
made, at the time of preaching the missionary sermon." 

The Clergy who were absent at the last Convention were 
called on for the reasons of their absence, agreeably to the canon 
enjoining their attendance ; which reasons were accepted. 

The Clergy were called on for their parochial reports, required 
by the 45th canon of the General Convention, which were 
presented and read, and, as required by the said canon , inserted 
on the Journals. 



1810.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 201 

St. John's Church, Yonkers; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector. — 
Baptisms, adult 1, infants 13 — 14 ; communicants, 51 ; mar- 
riages, 6 ; funerals, 2. 

Christ Church, Rye and White Plains ; Rev, Samuel Haskell, 
Rector. — TheParish of Rye and the White Plains, by the grace of 
God, is in a peaceable and harmonious state. The congregations 
are large, increasing, and in good fellowship among themselves, 
and with each other. 

Marriages, 24 ; baptisms, 14 ; burials, 18 ; communicants, 55. 

Christ Church, Jfew York; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 96 ; marriages, 52 ; communicants, 180. 

St. George's Church, Flushing ; Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rec- 
tor. — Baptisms, 13 j funeral, 1 j marriages, 2 ; communicants, 22. 

Grace Church, J^ew York ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 20 ; communicants,, about 50. 

St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and 5*^. Paul's Church, East 
Chester ; Rev. Isaac Wiikins Rector. — Baptisms, adults 3, chil- 
dren 18 — 21; marriages, 2; deaths, 4; commimicants, about 60. 

St. Peter's Church, Albany ; Rev. Timothy Clowes, Deacon, 
officiating Minister. — Baptisms, adults 9, infants 50 — 59 ; mar- 
riages, 8 ; funerals, 15 ; communicants, about 80. 

St. John's Church, Johnstown, and St. Ann's Church, Fort 
Hunter ; Rev. Jonathan Judd, Rector.* — St. John's Church. 
Baptisms, children and infants 11, adults 2 — 13 ; communicants, 
2 1 ; marriages, 2 ; funerals, 2 ; families, of which 6 have been 
added this last year, about 30. 

There are several families, and of them seven or eight com- 
municants living at Amsterdam and in the other towns adjoining 
this, at the distance of eight and ten miles, whom, as they attend 
this Church, and communicate in it, I consider as belonging to it, 
and have added them to the above number. 

St. Ann's Church. Baptisms, children and infants, 5 ; com- 
municants, 6 ; funeral, 1 ; families, as last year, about 10. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island ; Rev. David Moore, Dea- 
con, officiating Minister. — Baptisms, adults 5, infants 6 1 — 66 ; 
marriages, 4 ; funerals, 19 ; families, about 300 ; communi- 
cants, 230. 

* This report was forwarded to the Convention. 



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«SY. George's Parish, Hempstead, containing St. George's 
Church, South Hempstead, and Christ Church, JVorth Hemp- 
stead ; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector. — Baptisms, 36 ; marriages, 14 ; 
burials, 24 ; communicants, about 100. 

St. Anri's Church, Brooklyn; Rev. Henry James Feltus, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 7, children 36 — 43 ; marriages, 10. 
Communicants, deaths and removals 12 ; additions, 28 ; — present 
number, 110. Funerals, infants and adults, about 10. 

The Churches in the County of Otsego ; Rev. Daniel Nash, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 20, children 168 ; marriages, 32 ; 
funerals, 37 ; for five years past. Communicants, about 150. 

St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale ; Rev. John V. Bartow, 
Deacon, officiating Minister. — Baptisms, infants 10; marriages, 
5 ; funerals, 3 ; communicants, about 50. 

Christ Church, Balltovm, and St. Paul's Church, Charlton; 
Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector. — Baptisms, infants 61, adults 4 — 65; 
communicants, about 100; marriages, 11; funerals, 10; families, 
84 ; removals out of the parish, 5. 

Nothing very important has transpired since the last report. 
I have twice visited the church in Stamford, Delaware county, 
and twice the one in Windham, Greene county. In both churches 
I performed Divine service, and baptised several children. 

In the village of Ballstown Spa I organized a church in June 
last, and the prospect is truly flattering. Nicholas Low, Esq., 
has generously offered a building lot for said church ; and there 
is reason to believe, from its local establishment, connected with 
the zeal manifested on the part of the people, that, in time, it will 
become a flourishing congregation. 

St. Andrew's Church, Coldenham ; Rev. William Powell, 
Deacon, officiating Minister. — Baptisms, 5 ; marriage, 1 ; coidt 
municants, 30 , funerals, 2 ; families, 30. 

St. George's Church, JYewburgh. Baptisms, 4 ; communicants, 
13; families, about 30; funerals, 2. 

The Churches at Bedford and JYorthcastle ; Rev. Nathan 
Felch, Deacon, officiating Minister.* — Baptisms, adults 2, chil- 
dren 6 — 8 ; marriage, 1 ; burials, 5 ; communicants, about 10. 

The Episcopal Church in Bedford is in a very flourishing state ; 
the congregation is numerous, respectable, and devout ; an attach- 

* This report was forwarded to the Convention. 



1810.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 203 

ment to all the rites and forms of the Church is continually in- 
creasing among them ; and as this attachment increases, so venera- 
tion for, and delight in, sober, rational, and scriptural piety and 
virtue increases. 

The Episcopal congregation in North Salem is exceedingly 
prosperous. Many have been added to them in a few months 
past. They are now erecting a church. 

A new Episcopal church has been incorporated in South Salem. 
Their prospect is truly pleasing at the jDrcsent. 

Christ Churchy Hudson, and St. PauPs Church, Claverack ; 
Rev. Joab G. Cooper Rector. — Baptisms, 26 ; marriages, 2 ; 
funerals, 9 ; communicants, about 30. The number has increased 
since the last report. 

The Parish of Trinity Church, Jfew York, including Trinity 
Church, St. George's, St. PauPs, and St. John's Chapels; 
Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Rector. — Baptisms, 311 ; 
marriages, 92 ; funerals, 367 ; communicants, about 1000. 

Grace Church, Jamaica ; Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Deacon, offi- 
ciating Minister. — Baptisms, 8 ; marriage, 1 ; funerals, 4 ; com- 
municants, 34. 

St. James' Church, Milton, Grace Church, Waterford, and 
St. John's Church, Stillwater ; Rev. Parker Adams. — 
■ St. James' Church, Milton. The congregation increases con- 
siderably, and promises, with due attention and encouragement, 
to be the largest in the county of Saratoga. Their house for 
public worship is completely finished, and re-painted within and 
without. It is large, convenient, and decently elegant. 

Baptisms, adult 1, children 9 — 10; families, 36; communi- 
cants, 33. 

Grace Church, Waterford. This congregation consists of 
thirteen families, and six other families, in which one of the 
heads belongs to the Episcopal Church. 

Baptisms, 13 ; funerals, 2 ; communicants, 8. 

The congregation at this place has lately become an organized 
church. The members are earnestly engaged in procuring means 
for building a decent church. 

St. John's Church, Stillwater. This congregation consists of 
thirteen families entire, and a part of each of seven others. 

Baptisms 3 ; communicants 13. The church building remains 
still unfinished. 

Reports from the Missionaries, the Rev. Davenport Phelps, 
and the Rev. Joseph Prentiss, addressed to the Bishop, were 
severally read. 



204 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1810. 

From the report of the Rev. Davenport Phelps, it appeared 
that since the last Convention he had devoted a considerable 
portion of his services to the church at Geneva ; and had per- 
formed Divine service, and preached at Pulteneyville, at the 
Springs, at Catherine Town, Tioga county, where he attended 
to the incorporation of a church, at Honeyoye, at Am-elius, at 
Johnstown, at Angelica, Alleghany county, and at Chenango 
Point. At some of the above places he officiated several dif- 
erent times, and administered the Holy Communion. During the 
above period, his baptisms were 62 infants and 4 adults, — total 
66 ; marriages, 4 ; funerals, 2 or 3. The following are extracts 
from his report : 

On our Lord's Nativity, read prayers, preached, and adminis- 
tered the Holy Communion to about thirty persons at Geneva. 
At this time the seats in the church, except in the gallery, were 
nearly all up and well filled. Besides the usual hymns for Christ- 
mas, the anthem from St. Luke's, ' Behold I bring you glad 
tidings,' &c. was well sung, and the ' Gloria in excelsis,' chanted 
by our choir, which is now considerably enlarged. The season 
was solemn, interesting, and, I trust, edifying. 

" On every Friday, and sometimes on Wednesdays, when the 
duties of my mission have not required my absence, public prayers 
have been attended in Geneva. A devout attention to the duties 
of religion is paid by the churches generally." 

From the report of the Rev, Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity 
Church, Athens, who was employed as a missionary to visit 
occasionally the vacant congregations in the counties of Green 
and Delav;are, it appeared that he had officiated at Stamford, 
Blenham, Greenville, Durham, Windham, Coxsackie, and Catts- 
kill. At Stamford he administered the communion to 32 persons. 
It appeared from the reports of both the missionaries, that gener- 
ally, the people where they officiated, appeared very solicitous 
for Divine service, and joined in the Liturgy of the Church vntli 
much devotion, making the responses decently and correctly. 

The Clergy were called on for an account of the collections 
made in their respective congregations for the Episcopal and 
Missionary Funds ; which account was accordingly rendered. 

The Clergy who were appointed at the last Convention to visit 
and officiate in the vacant congregations, severally made report of 
their having discharged their duty. 

The Rev. Mr. Bulkley, and the Rev. Mr. Reed, were appointed 
to officiate in the vacant congregation at Fishkill. And the 



1810.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 205 

Bishop engaged to appoint some of the Clergy in Deacon's 
orders, to officiate in other vacant congregations. 

The Bishop, and the Standing Committee, to whom was refer- 
red, at the last Convention, the memorial from the Africans and 
their descendants, members of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 
the city of New York, praying the decision of the Convention on 
the subject of one of their own colour being admitted to Holy 
Orders, Reported, for the consideration of the Convention, the 
following resolution : 

Resolved, That, for the present, it is expedient that the Clergy 
of the city of New York be directed to officiate, under the super- 
intendence of the Bishop, in such rotation, and at such times, and 
in such places as he may appoint, for the Africans and theur de- 
scendants, members of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the 
city of New York. And that the Bishop be requested to license 
a person of colour, to act among them as a lay reader and cate- 
chist. 

The Committee appointed by the Convention for making a 
collection of Psalm Tunes, Chants, and Voluntaries, to be recom- 
mended to be exclusively used in churches in this State, made the 
following report : 

" They have selected a number of Psalm Tunes, which they consider as of 
a proper style for Church service ; the names of which they herewith present. 

" With regard to Chants, they recommend the collection of the Rev. Dr. 
William Smith, so far as that collection comports with the Rubrics of the 
Church in the United Slates of America. 

" It has not been in their power to come to any conclusion with regard to 
Voluntaries, both because it was impossible to collect such as would be suit- 
able, and, if it were otherwise, so much depends upon the taste and judgment 
of the performer, as to render the attempt fruitless." 

The list of Psalm Tunes accompanying the above report was 
read, and approved by the Convention, and recommended to be 
exclusively used in the churches in this State. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the aforesaid tunes be published under the di- 
rection of the Bishop ; and that the copy right of the book con- 
taining them be secured by the Corporation for the relief of the 
widows and children of Clergymen of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Mr. Hart, the Rev. Mr. Butler, and the Rev. Mr. 
Wilkins, were appointed to attend the Convention of the Church 
in Connecticut. 



206 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1810. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Delegates to the 
General Convention: 

Rev. Abraham Beach, Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rev. Elias Cooper, 
Rev. J. H. Hobart; R. King, J. Onderdonk, John Moore, Philip 
S. Van Rensselaer. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Members of the 
Standing Committee : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Dr. Hobart, Rev. Wm. Harris, Rev. N. 
Bowen ; R. Harison, Gen. Clarkson, Dr. Onderdonk, W. Ogden. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Members of the 
Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating 
the Gospel in the State of New York : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Dr. Hobart, Rev. N. Bowen; G. H. 
Van Wagenen, D. M. Clarkson, Dr. Onderdonk. 

The certificate of the incorporation of St. James' Church, Ham- 
ilton Square, in the city of New York, was read and approved, 
and the said Church received into union with this Convention. 

Mr. Garret H. Van Wagenen was re-elected, by ballot, the 
Treasurer of the Convention. 

The Convention adjourned. 

BENJAMIN MOORE, D. D., 

Bishop of the Prot. Epis. Church in the State of New York, and Presd't of the Convention 

Attested, 

JOHN HENRY HOBART, Secretary. 



TWENTY-FIFTH CONVENTION 



jouRiirAXi 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF A 

SPECIAL CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK, 

May 14th, and May 13th, A.D. 1811. 



%i3t of ti)e ©lerss anlr Hag JBclcjjates 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Church, Utica. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle. 

The Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev, Nathanael Bowen, Rector of Grace Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Professor of Rhetoric and Moral 
Philosophy, in Columbia College. 

The Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and 
Trinity Church, Lansingburgh. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's, Flushing. 

The Rev. WilHam A. Clark, Deacon, Missionary. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

The Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Ann's Church Brook- 
lyn. 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Deacon, Missionary. 

The Rev. William Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, in the 
Bowery, New York. 



208 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1811. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead. 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Thomas Y. How, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. Richard C. Moore, D. D., Rector of St. Stephen's 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of St. John's Church, Otsego, 
St. Luke's, Richfield, and Harmony Church, Butternutts, and 
other churches m Otsego county. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens. 

The Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie. 

The Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Schenectady. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West 
Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

Trinity Church, New York, Rufus King, Richard Harison, John 
Onderdonk, T. L. Ogden. 

Grace Church, New York, D. B. Ogden, W. Post, Joshua 
Waddington. 

Christ Church, New York, George Dominick, Thomas Harvey. 

St. Mark's, Bowery, New York, Mangle Minthorne, Martin 
Hoffman. 

Du St. Esprit, New York, John Kemp, John B. Church, John 
Pintard. 

St. Stephen's, New York, James Smith, John Pell, George 
Warner, Henry Pope. 

St. Michael's, Bloomingdale, New York, Valentine Nutter, 
WilUam A. Davis. ^ 

St. James', New York, William H. Jephson. 

Zion Church, New York, Lewis Hartman, Jacob Weaver. 

St. Peter's, Albany, John Tayler, Robert Troup, 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, James Emott, Thomas L Oakley, 
Philo Ruggles. 

St. James' Church, Newtown, Jacob Moore, Isaac Bregau. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Joshua Sands. 

St. George's Church, Flushing, Richard Piatt, Thomas Philips. 

Trinity Church, Fairfield, Andrew A. Bartow. 



1811.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 209 

Christ Church, Hudson, William E. Norman. 

Caroline Church, Brookhaven, William Jayne. 

Trinity Church, Geneva, James Rees, Thomas Lowthrop. 

Grace Church, Jamaica, John Skidmore. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, Richard Thorne, Stephen 
Carman, Samuel Carman, W. Mitchell, George Hewlet. 

Bedford and Northcastle, WiUiam Jay. 

Trinity Church, New Rochclle, Micajah Pinckney, Jacob Bar- 
tow. 

Harmony Church, Butternutts, Jacob Morris. 

St. James' Church, Goshen, Henry G. Wisner, John Duer. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers, Henry White, Isaac Vermilye. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill, Daniel C. Verplanck, Silvanus Pine, 
Abraham Mesier. 

Rye and White Plains, John Guion, David Rogers. 

St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, James Bogardus, Henry Baker. 

Trinity Church, Utica, B. Walker. 

St. James' Church, North Salem, Joshua Purdy, Epenetus 
Wallace. 

Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, James Denison. 

St. John's Church, Johnstown, William Egan. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, W. Dongan. 



New York, May 14th, 1811. 

This being the day appointed by the Right Rev. Bishop Moore 
for the meeting of a Special Convention of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Church in the State of New York, a number of the Clergy 
and of the Lay Deputies attended, at 10 o'clock a. m., in Trinity 
Church, in the city of New York. 

Morning prayer was celebrated by the Rev. Daniel Nash, rec- 
tor of the churches in Otsego county ; and a sermon preached by 
the Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and 
Trinity Church, Lansingburgh. 

After Divine service, the Convention assembled; and the Right 
Rev. Bishop Moore being absent from indisposition, the Rev. 
Abraham Beach, D. D., was called to the Chair. 

The list of the Clergy entitled to seats in the Convention being 
called over, agreeably to the second canon of this Church of 1803, 
the following Clergy answered to their names, and took their 
seats: 



210 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1811. 

The Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Church, Utica ; 
Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New Rochelle; 
Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, Rector of Grace 
Church, New York ; Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Professor of 
Rhetoric and Moral Philosophy in Columbia College ; Rev. David 
Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and Trinity Church, 
Lansingburgh ; Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's, 
Flushing; Rev. William A. Clark, Missionary; Rev. Elias Cooper, 
Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers; Rev. Henry J. Feltus, 
Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev. Samuel Fuller, 
Deacon ; Rev. William Harris, Rector of St. Mark's Church, in 
the Bowery, New York ; Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ 
Church, Rye ; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Hempstead; Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., an Assistant Min- 
ister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Thomas Y. How, an 
Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Cave 
Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. 
Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York ; Rev. Richard 
C. Moore, D. D., Rector of St. Stephen's Church, New York ; 
Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of St. John's Church, Otsego, St. 
Luke's, Richfield, and Harmony Church, Butternutts, and other 
churches in Otsego county ; Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of 
Trinity Church, Athens; Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ 
Church, Poughkeepsie ; Re\^. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. 
George's Church, Schenectady; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, Rector of 
St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East 
Chester. 

The following Clergy, entitled to seats, were absent : 

The Rev. Jonathan Judd, Rector of St. John's Church, Johns- 
town, and St. Ann's, Fort Hunter ; Rev. Davenport Phelps, 
Missionary in the western parts of the State. 

The Lay Delegates presented the certificates of their appoint- 
ent, which were read, and severally approved ; and the follow- 
r Delegates took their seats : 

T'rom Trinity Church, New York, Hon. Rufus King, Richard 

ison, Esq., Dr. John Onderdonk, Thomas L. Ogden, Esq. ; 

".e Church, New York, David B. Ogden, Esq., Dr. W. Post, 

la Waddington ; Christ Church, New York, George Domi- 

Thomas Harvey ; St. Mark's, Bowery, New York, Mangle 

orne, Martin Hoffman; Du St. Esprit, New York, John 

. LL. D., John B. Church, John Pintard ; St. Stephen's, New 

Tames Smith, John Pell, George Warner, Henry Pope; St. 



1811.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. S'll 

Michael's, Bloomlngdale, New York, Valentine Nutter, William 
A. Davis ; St. James', New York, William H. Jephson ; Zion 
Church, New York, Lewis Ilartman, Jacob Weaver ; St. Peter's, 
Albany, Hon. John Tayler, Robert Troup, Esq. ; Christ Church, 
Poughkeepsie, Hon James Eraott, Thomas I. Oakley, Esq., Philo 
Ruggles, Esq.; St. James' Church, Newtown, Jacob Moore, 
Isaac Bregau; St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Joshua Sands, Esq.; 
St. George's Church, Flushing, Col. R. Piatt, Thomas Philips ; 
Trinity Church, Fairfield, Andrew A. Bartow; Christ Church, 
Hudson, William E. Norman ; Caroline Church, Brookhaven. 
William Jayne: Trinity Church, Geneva, James Rees, Thomas 
Lowthrop : Grace Church, Jamaica, J. Skidmore ; St. George's 
Church, Hempstead, Richard Thorne, Stephen Carman, Esq.. 
Samuel Carman, Willian Mitchell, George Hewlet ; Bedford and 
Northcastle, William Jay ; Trinity Church, New Rochelle, Mica- 
jah Pinckney, Jacob Bartow ; Harmony Church, Butternutts, Gen. 
Jacob Morris ; St. James' Church, Goshen, Henry G. Wisner, 
Esq., John Duer, Esq. ; St. John's Church, Yonkers, H. White, 
Isaac Vermilye ; Trinity Church, Fishkill, Daniel C. Verplanck. 
Esq., Silvanus Pine, Abraham Mesier ; Rye and White Plains. 
John Guion, David Rogers ; St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, James 
Bogardus, Henry Baker; Trinity Church, Utica, Col. B. Walker; 
St. James', North Salem, Joshua Purdy, Epenetus Wallace : 
Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, James Denison. 

The Rev. Dr. Beach was unanimously chosen President of thf 
Convention. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That clergymen of the Church attending this Con- 
vention, and not entitled to seats, be admitted to the privilef^e of 
honorary seats. The following Clergy accordingly took their seats 
as honorary members : 

The Rev. Mr. Barry, of New York ; Rev. Mr. Strebeck, ni 
New York ; Rev. Mr. Cooper, of Hudson ; Rev. Mr. Clowes, of 
St. Peter's Church, Albany; Rev. Mr. Jarvis, of St. Michael's, 
Bloomingdade ; Rev. Mr. Sayres, of Grace Church, Jamaica ; 
Rev. MrT Wyatt, of St. James', Newtown ; Rev. Mr. Powell, of 
St. Andrew's, Coldenham ; Rev. Mr. Kemper, of New York ; 
Rev. Mr. Williston, of Zion Church, New York ; Rev. Daniel 
Burhans, of Connecticut; Rev. Mr. Willard, of Newark; Rev. 
Mr. Rudd, of Elizabethtown ; Rev. Mr. Berrian, of Belville, 
New Jersey ; Rev. Mr. Bartow, of Savannah. 

The notification of the Secretary of the Convention, calling this 



212 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1811. 

Special Convention, and the letter of the BLshop, directing the 
same, were read as follows : 

•' Whereas the Right Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., Biahop of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church in the State of New York, hath caused a letter to be ad- 
dressed to the Secretary of the Convention of the said Church ; which letter ia 
in the words following: 

♦New York, 20th March, 1811, 

■ liEV SIR, 

' The severe affliction with which it hath pleased Almighty God to visit me, 
lias affected my state of health in such a manner, that it will be impossible for 
me, without assistance, to perform the duties of the Episcopal office. I am 
therefore anxious that a Special Convention should be called, for the purpose 
of deliberating on the propriety of appointing an Assistant Bishop in this Dio- 
cese. A variety of considerations, affecting the most important interests of our 
holy Church, appear to me to render this measure indispensable ; and it is, I 
think, very desirable that the appointment should be made without delay, so 
that the consecration may take place at the ensuing General Convention. You 
will therefore he so good as to take the necessary steps for calling a Special 
Convention of the Church in this Diocese, to meet in the city of New York on 
the second Tuesday of IVIay next. 

' Praying sincerely that all our undertakings may, by Divine providence, be 
guided in such a way, as may best conduce to the glory of God, and the good 
of His Church, I remain, with affection and esteem, 
' Rev. Sir, 

' Your friend and father in the Loud, 

' BENJAMIN MOORE, 

' Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State ofSeio York, 

'By his son CLEMENT C. MOORE. 
' The Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D. 

Secretary of the Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New York.' 

-' Now, therefore, in obedience to the directions of the Bishop, contained in 
the above letter, notice is hereby given, that a Special Convention of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church in the State of New York will be held, for the pur- 
pose specified in the letter aforesaid, in the city of New York, on the second 
Tuesday of May next, at 10 o'clock a. m., in Trinity Church; at which time 
and place the Clergy and the Lay Delegates are requested to attend. 
"JOHN HENRY HOBART, 

" Sccrdai-y of the Convention. 
New York, March 21, 1811." 

A letter addressed to the Convention was read as follows : 

"New York, May 14th, 1811. 

" BRETHREN, 

" The purposes for which I thought it expedient that you should be at this 
time assembled, are specified in the letter addressed by me to the Secretary of 
the Convention, requesting him to call you together. 

" It has pleased God to mitigate the disease will) which I have been visited; 
but as I feel persuaded of the utter improbability of my ever being again able 



1811.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 2lJi 

to {Kirform my Episcopal functions, it is my deliberrite and firm opinion that 
the reasons still exist, in all their force, which, at ihc time when the above- 
nicntioneJ letter was wiitten, induv^ed me to lliiuk it expedient to have a Con- 
vention called. And that Almighty God may inspire your deliberations with 
sound wisdom and Christian unanimity, is the fervent prayer of 

" Your affectionate Bishop, 

"BENJAiMIN MOORE, 
«' By his son CLI^MENT C. MOORE. 
*• To the Members of the Convention 

of the I'rotestiint Ej)i.-icopal Chiiirh in tlio ft'tiitc <if Now York." 

On motion. 

Resolved unanimously, That a Committee be appointed to ex- 
press to the Right Rev. Bishop Moore the affectionate sympathy 
of this Convention with him in the afflictive dispensation of Provi- 
dence with which he is visited. 

The President of the Convention, the Rev, Dr. Bowden, the 
Rev. Mr. Wilkins, R. Harison, Esq., and R. Troup, Esq., were 
appointed a Committee for this purpose. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be returned to 
the Rev. David Butler for his sermon preached before them, and 
that he be requested to furnish a copy for pubhcation. 

On motion of David B. Ogden, Esq., 

Resolved, That this Convention will proceed to the choice of 
an Assistant Bishop. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That to-morrow be appointed for this purpose. 
The Convention adjourned until to-morrow morning, leri; 
o'clock. 

Wkonesday, May 15th, 1811. 

The Convention met, and Morning Prayer was celebrateci \n 
the Rev. Mr. Bartow. 

After Divine service the Convention proceeded to business. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper appeared, and took his seat. 

The certificates of the Lay Delegates from several churches 
w^ere read and approved ; and the following Lay Delegates took 
their seats : 

From St. John's Church, Johnstown, W. Egan ; St. Andrew's, 
Staten Island, W. Dongan ; St. George's, Hempstead, Richard 



214 JOURNALS OF THK CONVENTIONS [1811. 

Thorne, and W. Mitchell ; St. Luke's, Cattskill, James Bogardus, 
and Henry Baker. 

A certificate of the incorporation of Trinity Chinch, Rensselaer- 
ville, in the county of Albany, was read, and approved, and the 
.said chin-ch received into union with the Protestant Episcopal 
Church in this State. 

On motion of Richard Harison, Esq., the following resolutions 
were agreed to: 

Rcsohcd, That the Convention will now proceed to the choice 
of a Bishop ; to assist Bishop Moore in the duties of his Episcopal 
office, and to succeed him in case of survivorship. 

Resolved, That the choice of the Bishop be made by ballot. 

Resolved, That the Rev, Isaac Wilkins and Rufus King, Esq., 
be, and they are hereby appointed to assist the Secretary in taking 
and counting the votes, under the direction of the President. 

The Convention then proceeded to the election ; and, on count- 
ing the ballots, it appeared that the Rev. John Henry Hobart, 
D. D., was elected by a majority of both orders. 

The Convention proceeded to sign the testimonial required on 
the part of a Bishop elect by the third canon, as follows : 

"We, whose names are iindenvritten, fully sensible how important it ih 
that the sacred oliice of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, and 
lirnily i)ersuadod that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn occasion, 
without i)artiality or atlection, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify, 
that the Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. IX, Assistant Minister of Trinity 
('hurch, in the city of New York, is not, so far as we are informed, justly 
iiable to evil report, either for error in religion, or for viciousness in life; and 
iliat wo do not know or believe there is any impediment on account of wliich 
lie ought not to be consecrated to that lioly olhce. We do moieover jointly 
and severally declare, that we do in our consciences believe him to be of such 
sufficiency in good learning, such soundness in the faith, and of such virtuous 
;ind ])ure manners, and godly conversation, that he is apt and meet to exercise 
the oflice of a Hisiiop, to the honour of (lon and the edifying of His Church, 
and to be an wholesome examj)le to the Hock of Christ." 

Abraham Beach, President of the Convention. 

Isaac Wilkins, Rector of St. Peter's Church, West Chester, 
and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Church, Utica. 

Theodosius Bartow, Rec tor of Trinity Church, New Rochelle. 

Jf)hn Bowden, Prol'cssor of Rhetoric and Moral Philosophy 
in Columbia College. 

Nathanael Bowen, Rector of Grace Church, NewYork. 

David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and Trinitif 
Church, LansincDurgh. 



181 L] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 215 

Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's, Flushing. 

William A. Clark, Deacon, Missionary. 

Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

Samuel Fuller, Deacon, Missionary. 

Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead. 

Thomas Y. How, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York. 

Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

Daniel Nash, Rector of St. John's Church, Otsego, St. Luke's, 
Richfield, and Harmony Church, Butternutts, and other churches 
in Otsego county. 

Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens. 

John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie. 

Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Church, Schenectady. 

Rufus King, Richard Harison, John Onderdonk, T. L. Ogden, 
Trinity Church, New York. 

D. B. Ogden, Joshua Waddington, W. Post, Grace Church, 
.New York. 

George Dominick, Thomas Harvey, Christ Church, New York, 

John Kemp, John B. Church, John Pintard, Du St. Esprit. 
New York. 

Henry Pope, St. Stephen's, New York. 

Valentine Nutter, William A. Davis, St. Michael's, Blooming- 
dale, New York. 

William H. Jephson, St. James' Church, Hamilton 'Square, 
New York. 

Lewis Hartman, Zion Church, New York. 

Robert Troup, John Tayler, St. Peter's, Albany. 

James Emott, Thomas L Oakley, Philo Ruggles, Christ Church, 
Poughkeepsie. 

Isaac Bregau, St. James' Church, Newtown. 

Richard Piatt, St. George's Church, Flushing. 

Andrew A. Bartow, Trinity Church, Fairfield. 

William E. Norman, Christ Church, Hudson. 

William Jayne, Caroline Church, Brookhaven. 

James Rees, Trinity Church, Geneva. 

John Skidmore, Grace Church, Jamaica. 

Stephen Carman, George Hewlet, Samuel Carman, Richard 
Thorne, W. Mitchell, St. George's Church, Hempstead. 

Jacob Bartow, Trinity Church, New Rochelle. 

Jacob Morris, Harmony Church, Butternutts. 

Henry G. Wisner, John Duer, St. James' Church, Goshen. 

Abraham Mesier, Silvanus Pine, Trinity Church, Fishkill. 

B. Walker, Trinity Church, Utica. 

James Denison, Trinity Church, Lansingburgh. 



216 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1811. 

Henry White, St. John's Church, Yonkers. 
Wilham Egan, St. John's Church, Johnstown. 
Martin Hoffman, St. Mark's Church, Bowery. 

Resolved, That the Clerical and Lay Delegates appointed to 
attend the General Convention, be directed to lay the foregoing 
testimonial before that body. 

The thanks of the Convention were unanimously returned to 
the President. 

The Convention adjourned. 

ABRAHAM BEACH, PresUenl. 



T W K N T Y-S I X T II CONVENTION 



JOURNAL 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION^ 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHUPtCH. 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; ; 

HELD IN T 11 1 N I T Y C H U H C H , N K W YORK, 
October 1st, and October 2d, A. D. 1811. 



ilist of t!)c ffilevQi} anH 3lai> JDclejiates 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Assistant Bishop of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., Assistant Rector of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Professor of Rhetoric and Moral 
Philosophy in Columbia College. 

The Rev. Nathanael Bowen, Rector of Grace Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Flushing. 

The Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, 
and Trinity Church, Lansingburgh. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

The Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brook- 
lyn. 

The Rev. William Harris, D. D., Rector of St. Mark's Church, 
in the Bowery, New York. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead j with which is connected Christ Church, North Hempstead 



218 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1811. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 

The Rev. Thomas Y. How, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Cave Jones, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. R. C. Moore, D. D., Rector of St. Stephen's Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Davenport Phelps, Missionary in the w^estern parts 
of the State. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens. 

The Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie. 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller Missionary. 

The following Clergy, not regularly entitled to seats in the 
Convention, were admitted to honorary seats : 

The Rev. Edmund D. Barry, Principal of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Academy, New York. 

The Rev. John V. Bartow, Savannah, Georgia. 

The Rev. William Berrian, Deacon. 

The Rev. John Croes, jun., of the Church of New Jersey. 

The Rev. Adam Empie, Deacon, officiating as Assistant Min- 
ister in St. George's Church, Hempstead. 

The Rev. David Moore, Deacon, officiating in St. Andrew's 
Church, Staten Island. 

The Rev. William Powell, Deacon, officiating in St. Andrew's 
Church, Orange county, and St. George's Church, Newburgh. 

The Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Deacon, officiating in Grace 
Church, Jamaica. 

The Rev. Ralph WilHston, Deacon, officiating in Zion Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. William E. Wyatt, Deacon, officiating in St. James' 
Church, Newtown. 

The Rev. John Brady, of the Church of New Jersey. 

The Rev. William Smith, D. D., of the Church of Connecticut. 

The Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, St, Michael's Church, Blooming- 
dale, and St, James', Hamilton Square. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

St. Ann's, Brooklyn, William Grigg, John Cornell, James B. 
Clarke, 

Caroline Church, Brookhaven, Archibald Jayne. 

Christ Church, Hudson, Silas Stone. 

St. George's Church, Newburgh, WilUam W. Sackett, Joseph 
Hoffman, Gilbert Ogden Fowler. 



1811.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 219 

St. James' Church, Hamilton Square, "William H. Jephson, 
Peter Schermerhorri. 

Trinity Church, New York, Rufus King, Richard Ilarison, Dr. 
John Onderdonk, T. L. Ogdcn. 

St. Stephen's Church, New York, Henry Pope, Cornelius 
Schuyler, John Drake, Adolph Carter. 

Christ Church, Rye, John P. Delancey. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, Benjamin Tredwell, George 
Hewlett. 

St. James', North Salem, Zalred June, Joshua Purdy. 

Church, South Salem, Samuel B. Isaacs. 

Zion Church, New York, John P. Rilter, Lewis Hartman. 

St. James', Church, Newtown, Nathaniel Moore, John Alsop. 

St. Mark's Church, Bowery, New York, William Ogden, 
Robert Bird. 

Grace Church, New York, Dr. Wright Post, David B. Ogden. 

Christ Church, New York, George JDominick, Thomas Harvey. 

St. Andrew's Church, Orange county, Thomas Colden, Andrew^ 
Graham, 

Grace Church, Jamaica, John Skidmore, John Hoogland. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill, Daniel C. Verplanck. 

Trinity Church, Geneva, Samuel Colt. 

St. Michael's, Church, Blooraingdale, Valentine Nutter, Isaac 
Jones. 

Du St. Esprit, New York, Dr. John Kemp. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, James Guion, John Van- 
dyke. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, James Emott, Robert L. Reed. 

St. George's Church, Flushing, Richard Piatt, John Titus. 

St. John's, Church, Yonkers, Henry W hite. 



Nev."- York, October 1st, 1811. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of 
New York; and the city of New York having been appointed 
by the Bishop as the place of meeting, the Right Rev. Bishop 
Hobart, and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates attended, at 
10 o'clock A. M., in Trinity Church. 

Divine service was celebrated by the Rev. David Butler, Rec- 
tor of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, 
and a sermon preached by the Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Profes- 
sor of Moral Philosophy and Rhetoric in Columbia College. After 



220 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [iSlT 

which the Rev. John Croes, jun., and the Rev. Samuel Fuller, 
Deacons, were admitted by the Bishop to the holy order of 
Priests. 

After Divine service the Convention assembled ; and the list of 
the Clergy entitled to seats being called over, agreeably to the 
2d canon of this Church of 1803, the following Clergy answered 
to their names, and took their seats : 

The Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., Assistant Rector of Trinity 
Church, New York ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, Rector of Grace 
Church, New York; R-ev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St 
George's Church, Flushing ; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. 
John's Church, Yonkers; Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. 
Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev. William Harris, D. D., Rector of 
St. Mark's Church, Bowery, New York ; Rev. Samuel Haskell. 
Rector of Christ Church, Rye ; Rev. Thomas Y. How, an Assis- 
tant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Richard C. 
Moore, D. D., Rector of St. Stephen's Church, New York ; Rev. 
Davenport Phelps, Missionary in the western parts of the State ; 
Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens ; Rev. 
John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; Rev. 
Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York ; Rev. John 
Bowden, D. D., Professor of Rhetoric and Moral Philosophy iu 
Columbia College. 

The following Clergy, entitled to seats, were absent : 
The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle ; Rev. Jonathan Judd, Rector of St. John's Church. 
Johnstown, and St. Ann's Church, Fort Hunter ; Rev. Daniel 
Nash, St. John's Church, Otsego, St. Luke's, Richlield, and Har- 
mony Church, Butteinutts ; Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St 
George's Church, Schenectady ; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rec- 
tor of St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, 
East Chester; Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Churcii, 
Utica ; Rev. Seih Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead ; Rev. Reuben Hubbard, Missionary at Duancsl)oiougli. 
and the churches adjacent ; Rev. William A. Clarke, Missionary 
in the western parts of the State. 

The Lay Delegates exhibited the certificates of their appoint- 
ment, which were read and severally approved; and the following: 
Delegates took their seats : 

From Trinity Church, New York, Rufus King, Richard Harison, 
Dr. John Onderdonk, and Thomas L. Ogden ; St. James' Church. 
Hamilton Square, William H. Jephson, and Peter Schermerhorn : 
Christ Church, Rye, John P. Delancey ; Trinity Church, Geneva. 



1811.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 221 

Samuel Colt ; Trinity Church, Fishkilj, Daniel C. Verplanck ; 
St. George's Church, Newburgh, William W. Sackett, Gilbert 
Ogden 1 bwler, and Joseph Hoflinan ; Du St. Esprit, Dr. John 
Kemp ; St. Michael's Church, Blooniingdale, Valentine Nutter, 
and Isaac Jones; Grace Church, Jamaica, John Skidmore, and 
John Hoogland ; Christ Church, Poughkccpsie, James Emott, 
and Robert L. Reed ; St. James' Church, ISorth Salem, Zalred 
June, and Joshua Purdy ; Zion Church, New York, John P. Rit- 

ter, and Lewis Hartman ; Church, South Salem, Samuel B. 

Isaacs ; St. James' Church, Newtown, Nathaniel Moore, and 
John Alsop ; Grace Church, New York, Wright Post, and David 
B. Ogden ; St. Mark's Church, in the Bowery, W illiam Ogden, 
and Robert Bird ; Christ Church, New York, George Dominick, 
and Thomas Harvey ; St. Andrew's Church, Orange county, 
Thomas Colden, and Andrew Graham ; St. Andrew's Church, 
Staten Island, James Guion, and John Vandyke ; St. Ann's 
Church, Brooklyn, William Grigg, John Cornell, and James B. 
Clarke ; St. Stephen's Church, New York, Henry Pope, Corne- 
lius Schulyer, Adolph Carter, and John Drake ; St. George's 
Church, Hempstead, Benjamin Tredwell, and George Hewlett; 
Christ Church, Hudson, Silas Stone ; St. George's Church, Flush- 
ing, Richard Piatt. 

A certificate of the incorporation of a church in the town of 
South Salem, in the county of West Chester, was read, and the 
same received into union with this Convention. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell was elected Secretary of the Conven- 
tion. 

On motion. 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of this Convention be 
returned to the Rev. Dr. Bowden for his sermon preached before 
them this day, and that he be requested to furnish a copy for 
publication. 

Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, " pro- 
viding for an accurate view of the State of the Church from time 
to time," the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart delivered the following 
address : 

" The 45th Canon of the General Convention requires, that at every annual 
Convention of each State or Diocese the Bishop shall deliver an address, stating 
the afTairs of the Diocese since the last meeting of the Convention. The first 
sentiment which I am confident will occur to you on this occasion, and which 
deeply impresses my mind, is the recollection of him who has heretofore ad- 
dressed you from this place. The afflictive dispensation of Providence which 



222 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1811. 

deprive:! the Church of the much valued services of your venerable Diocesan, 
suspenjeJ all Episcopal functions in this Diocese. And since provision hae 
been made for the discharge of them, there are no other transactions to be 
noticed, than the admission of John Brady to the order of Deacons, and the 
removal of the Rev. JoabG. Cooper, of Hudson, into another Diocese. 

"Before the return of the next annual Convention, the frequent exercise of 
the Episcopal functions will become necessary. And in the discharge of the 
duties of my station, to the best of my abilities, and with the most fervent 
desire to promote the interests of Christ's king-Jom, next to His presence and 
blessing, I shall rely, my brethren of the Clergy and Laity, on your indulgence , 
your support and counsel, and your prayers." 

The Convention adjourned until ten o'clock to-morrow morn- 
ing. 

Wednesday, October 2d, 1811. 

The Convention met, and Morning Prayer was celebrated bj 
the Rev. Mr. Phelps, missionary in the western parts of the State. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the ministers of this Church who are not 
regularly entitled to seats, be admitted to honorary seats in this 
Convention. 

The following Clergy took their seats agreeably to the fore- 
sroinjy resolution : 

The Rev. William Berrian, Deacon ; Rev. Adam Empie, Dea- 
con, officiating as Assistant Minister in St. George's Church. 
Hempstead ; Rev. David Moore, Deacon, officiating in St. An- 
drew's Church, Staten Island ; Rev. John V. Bartow, Savannah. 
Georgia ; Rev John Brady, of the Church in New Jersey ; Rev. 
Gilbert H. Say res, Deacon, officiating in Grace Church, Jamaica : 
Rev. Ralph Williston, Deacon, officiating in Zion Church, New 
York ; Rev. William E. Wyatt, Deacon, officiating in St. James' 
Church, Newtown ; Rev. William Powell, Deacon, officiatins.": 
in St. Aiulrew's Church, Orange county, and St. George's Church. 
Newburgh ; Rev. Dr. W^illiam Smith, of the Church in Con- 
necticut. 

Certificates of the appointment of a Lay Delegate from St. 
John's Church, Yonkers, and Caroline Church, Brookhaven, were 
read and approved, and the following gentlemen took their seats: 

St. John's Church, Yonkers, Henry White ; Caroline Church. 
Brookhaven, Archibald Jayne. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp- 



1811.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 22S 

stead, and Mr; John Titus, a Lay Delegate from St. Georj»e's 
Church, Flushing, appeared, and took their seats. 

A certificate of the incorporation of a church in the town of 
Sheldon, in the county of Genesee, in the State of New York, 
was read, and the same received into union with this Churcli. 

The Clergy who were absent at the last Convention were 
called on for the reasons of their absence, agreeably to the canon 
enjoining their attendance ; which reasons were accepted. 

On motion, a canon was passed altering the 1st canon of this 
Church, passed in 1796, in relation to the time ap[)ointed for 
making collections for the Missionary Fund, and directing that 
the ministers of this Church perform that duty some time in tin. 
month of September, or at such other seasons as may to them 
seem most suitable. 

The Standing Committee reported that they had examined the 
accounts of the Treasurer of the Convention ; and their report 
was read, and approved. 

The Clergy were called on for an account of the collections 
made in their respective congregations for the Episcopal and 
Missionary Funds; which account was accordingly rendered. 

The Clergy who were appointed at the last Convention to visit 
and ' officiate in vacant congregations, severally made report of 
their having discharged their duty. 

The following appointments were made by the Bishop, viz., 
the Rev. John Reed to visit and officiate in Fishkill ; Rev. Mr. 
Clowes, Waterford and Stillwater; Rev. Mr. Powell, Goshen ; 
Rev. Mr. Prentiss, Hudson ; and Rev. Mr. Fuller, Cattskill. 

The Clergy were called on for their parochial reports, required 
by the 45th canon of the General Convention, which were 
presented and read, and, as required by the said canon , inserted 
on the Journals. * 



Caroline Church, Brookhaven ; Rev. Nathan B. Burgess. — 
Baptisms, adults 4, infants 8 — 12; funerals, 5; marriages, 2, 

The people, though few in number, are spirited, and making 
great exertions to put the church in decent order. 

Bedford and JVorthcastle ; Rev. Nathan Felch. — Baptisms, 
adults 6, infants 8 — 14; marriages, 3; funerals, 4; communi- 
cants, 15. 



224 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1811. 

St. Paulas Church, Troy, and Trinity Church,' Lansingburgh ; 
Rev. David Butler, Rector.— S^. Paul's Church. Baptisms, 27 ; 
marriages, 4 ; funerals, 1 1 ; communicants, 45. 

Trinity Church. Baptisms, adult 1, infants 8 — 9 ; marriages, 
2; funerals, 5; communicants 17. 

Grace Church, Jamaica ; Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Deacon, offi- 
ciating Minister. — Baptisms, 11; marriages, 3; funerals, 5; com- 
municants, 35. 

The united Parishes of St. Michael's, Bloomingdale, and 
St. James\ Hamilton Square ; Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis. — St. 
Michael's. Baptisms, 3 ; marriages, 2 ; death, 1 ; commmii- 
cants during the winter, 20. 

St. James' Church. As St. James' Church is not opened 
during the winter season, the communicants of that church are, 
of course, included in the parochial reports of Trinity and other 
churches in the city. The communicants mentioned as belonging 
to St. Michael's Church, are such as reside out of town the whole 
year, and therefore belong exclusively to that parish. 

Christ Church, Rye and White Plains ; Rev. Samuel Haskell, 
Rector. — The church at Rye and the parish of White Plains, are 
in a peaceable, harmonious, and flourishing state ; in good fellow- 
ship among themselves, and with each other. 

Baptisms, 7 ; marriages, 14 ; communicants, about 50 ; deaths, 
adults 11, children 5 — 16. 

Ch'ace Church, JVew York ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 27 ; marriages, 4 ; burials, 6 ; communicants, about 100. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers ; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 16 ; marriages, 9 ; communicants, 48. 

Though death has reduced the number of communicants since 
the last return, there are hopes (from present appearances) that 
the number will soon be augmented. The church has been better 
attended of late, than for two years past, and the seriousness and 
attention exhibited show that religion is reviving among us. 

St. George's Church, Flushing ; Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rec- 
tor. — Baptisms, 15; marriages, 10; funerals, 2; communi- 
cants, 29. 

St. George's Parish, Hempstead, containing St. George's 
Church, South Hempstead, and Christ Church, JYorth Hemp- 
stead ; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector. — Baptisms, 23 ; burials, 2Q ; mar- 
riages, 11; communicants, about 100. 



1811,] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 225 

Parish of Trinity Church, JYew York, including Trinity 
Church, St. George's, St. PmiPs, and St. John's Chapels; 
Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., Assistant Rector. — Baptisms, 312 ; 
burials, 4G 1 ; marriages, 60 ; communicants, by estimation 1000. 

Trinity Church, Utica, St. Paul's Church, Paris, Trinity 
Church, Fairfield, Herkimer county, and Christ Church, Madison 
county; Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector.* — Trinity Church, 
Utica. Baptisms, adult 1, infants 9 — 10 ; marriage, 1 ; families, 
27 ; communicants, 22. 

St. Paul's Church, Paris. Baptisms, adult 1, infants 7 — 8 ; 
communicants, 77. 

Trinity Church, Fairfield, Herkimer county. Baptisms, 8 ; 
families, 25 ; communicants, 30. 

Christ Church, Madison county. Baptisms, 2 ; families, 
about 20. 

I visited Camden, about thirty-seven miles from Utica, August 
11, performed Divine service, and baptised twenty-one children 
and infants. Here are about fifteen Episcopal families. I have 
preached in several other places, in the vicinity of Utica, where 
there are a few Episcopalians. 

St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East 
Chester ; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector. — Baptisms, 13 ; 
marriages, 3 ; deaths, 5 ; communicants, about 60. 

St. George's Church, JYewhurgh ; Rev. William Powell, Dea- 
con, officiating Minister. — Baptisms, 6 ; marriages, 2 ; communi- 
cants, 13 ; families, about 30. 

St. Andreio's Church, Coldenham. Baptisms, 25 ; marriages, 
4 ; funerals, 2 ; communicants, 47 ; families, 30. 

Zion Church, JVew York ; Rev. Ralph Williston, Deacon, offi- 
ciating Minister. — Baptisms, adults 5, infants 54 — 59 ; marriages, 
86 ; funerals, adults 14, children 19 — 33 ; communicants, 59. 

St. James' Church, JVewtown, Long Island ; Rev. William E. 
Wyalt, Deacon, officiating Minister. — Baptisms, since Febuary 1, 
1811, adults 17, infants 15 — 32 ; marriages, 3 ; funerals, 2 ; com- 
municants, 26. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; Rev. John Reed, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 32 ; marriages, 10 ; families, about 90 ; communicants, 
about 70. 

* This report was forwarded to the Convention. 

15 



226 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1811. 

St. Andrew's Church, Siaten Island ; Rev. David Moore, Dea- 
con, officiating Minister. — Baptisms, 46 ; marriages, 16 ; funerals, 
27 ; families, about 300 ; communicants, 246. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector. — 
Marriages, 12; funerals, 10; communicants, 112. 

Christ Church, JYew York; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector.— 
Baptisms, 130 ; marriages, 53 ; communicants, 190. 

Trinity Church, Athens; Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 48 ; marriages, 12 ; funerals, 10 ; communicants, 30. 

St. Peter's Church, Albany ; Rev. Timothy Clowes, Deacon, 
officiating Minister.* — Baptisms, adults 5, infants 85 — 90 ; mar- 
riages, 10 ; funerals, 18 ; communicants, about 100. 



Reports from the missionaries, the Rev. Davenport Phelps, and 
the Rev. Samuel Fuller, addressed to the Bishop, were severally 
read. 



From the report of the Rev. Davenport Phelps, it appeared, 
that since the last Convention he had devoted a considerable 
portion of his services to the church at Geneva ; and had per- 
formed Divine service, and preached at Aurelius,|^at Pulteneyville, 
at Honeyoye, at Catharine Town, Tioga county, where "the 
newly organized church appears to possess a good degree of 
devotion, and an earnest desire to enjoy the regular administration 
of the Gospel." At Bloomfield, in Ontario county, he performed 
Divine service, and attended the incorporation of a church. At 
several other places he officiated frequently, and administered the 
Holy Communion. During the above period, his baptisms were 
8 adults and 57 infants, total 65 ; 5 funerals ; 1 marriage. His 
report closes with the following remarks : 

" In addition to the foregoing detail, I beg leave to remark, 
that at the commencement of the last year, Bishop Moore was 
pleased to permit me to devote the one-half of my time, and more, 
if it should be my choice, to the church in Geneva, and to dispose 
of the remainder at my own discretion ; kindly suggesting, that 
considering the fatigue of ray past labours, the Committee were 
willing it should be lessened. But the repeated and distant calls 
for the performance of clerical duties, not only from the churches 
incorporated before the last year, but from those which have been 

* This report was forwarded to the Convention. 



1811.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 227 

more recently organized, render it impossible, and certainly im- 
proper, for an individual clergyman to remain on that station, 
where three, at least, are wanted, without subjecting himself to 
very great labour and fatigue. The pressing want of more 
missionaries in that quarter is a subject I have often mentioned 
in my former communications, and it is a subject that lies with 
still more weight on my mind ; because the calls for missionary 
aid have increased, and are still increasing. The distance from 
Geneva to the respective places I have occasion to vi?it, is as 
follows : to the Springs 13 miles, to Pulteneyville 35, to Bloom- 
field 25, to Honeyoye 30, to Catharine 50, to Sheldon, in the 
county of Genesee, 80, besides visiting the counties of Cayuga 
and Onondaga, for the purpose of administering the Holy Com- 
munion, and performing other duties. 

" In most of the foregoing infant churches there has been an 
increase of numbers, and very generally a devout attendance on 
the public services of the Church. And that due provision may 
be made for sending more labourers into this extensive field, is 
the ardent prayer of 
" Right Rev. Sir, 

" Your faithful and obedient servant in Christ, 

«D. PHELPS. 

" Right Rev. Dr. Hobart." 

The following is an extract from the report of the Rev. Samuel 
Fuller : 

" Sunday, Oct. 21, 1810, the service of the Church was at- 
tended, the first time, in the village in Rensselaerville. Since 
that time an Episcopal society has been organized according to 
law, and has been received into union with the Protestant Epis- 
copal Church in this State. At present about twenty families 
are attached to the Church ; and some others attend our worship 
occasionally. The responses have been made decently by a 
respectable number of people ; and such a general solemnity was 
apparent, during the service, as to indicate, that they worshipped 
not only with their lips, but in their hearts. 

" Under existing circumstances, the growth of the Society very 
much depends on their being able to build a house of worship. 
A subscription for this purpose is circulating, and it is hoped they 
will meet with such encouragement, as not to fail in the desired 
object. Could the Society be preserved a few years, during its 
infancy, there is every prospect that, eventually, it will become 
numerous and respectable. 

" In Durham there are at present about twenty families of 
Episcopalians. They have had very little Episcopal preaching 
until the year past. 

IS* 



228 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [181L 

" In Windham there is an organized Episcopal society : for 
some years past it has been considerably run down by other de- 
nominations ; at present, however, they are more encouraged, 
and are veiy desirous of a clergyman a part of the time. 

" There is a great want of clergymen in this quarter. Owing 
to this circumstance, in some places societies are not formed, 
where otherwise the prospects are not discouraging ; and some 
societies that are formed are in danger, in time, of being overrun 
by other denominations. 

'• On the whole, it is apparent, that the interest of the Church 
in this quarter is increasing. With suitable attention, a number 
of congregations may be built up ; and some of them in places 
where, till lately, the worship of the Church was not attended. 

" SAMUEL FULLER. 

" Right Rev. Bishop Hobart." 



The following persons were appointed Delegates to the General 
Convention : j 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Dr. Wilkins, Rev. Mr. How, Rev. Mr, 
Cooper; R. King, John Moore, P. S. Van Rensselaer, John 
Onderdonk. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Members of the 
Standing Committee : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Dr. Harris, Rev. N. Bowen, Rev. Dr. 
Bowden ; R. Harison, Gen. Clarkson, Dr. Onderdonk, W. Ogden. 

The following persons were chosen Members of the Committee 
for the Propagation of the Gospel in the State of New York : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Dr. Bowden, Rev. Mr. Bowen ; G. H. 
Van Wagenen, D. M. Clarkson, Dr. John Onderdonk. 

Mr. Garret H. Van Wagenen was re-elected, by ballot, the 
Treasurer of the Convention. 

The Convention adjourned. 

JOHN HENRY HOBART, D. D., 

Assistant Bishop of the P. E. Church in the State of New ifork, and Presd't of Iho Conventioa. 

Attested, 

THOMAS LYELL, Secretary. 



TWENTY-SEVENTH CONVENTION. 



OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OP NEW YOKK ;i 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK, 

October 6th, 7th, and 8th, A. D. 1812. 



Stst of tl)e €:lerg)) anU 3L^v JBtltQztes 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Assistant Bishop 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Amos G, Baldwin, Rector of ^ Trinity Church, Utica. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle. 

The Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., Assistant Rector of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. William Berrian, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New" York. 

The Rev. Nathanael Bowen, Rector of Grace Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Professor of Rhetoric and 
Moral Philosophy in Columbia College. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's, Flushing. 

The Rev. Orin Clark, Deacon, Missionary. 

The Rev Ehas Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yon- 
kers. 

The Rev Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St Ann's Church, Brook- 



230 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1812. 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary. 

The Rev. William Harris, D. D., Rector of St. Mark's Church, 
in the Bowery, New York. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ CInircb, Rye. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp" 
stead. 

The Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. Richard C. Moore, D. D., Rector of St. Stephen's 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of St. John's Church, Otsego, 
St. Luke's, Richfield, and Harmony Church, Butternutts, and 
other churches in Otsego county. 

The Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Ballston 
Spa, and St. James', Milton. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens, 
and Christ Church, Hudson. 

The Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The following Clergy, not regularly entitled to seats, were 
admitted to the sittings of the Convention : 

The Rev. Nathan B. Burgess, of Caroline Church, Brookhaven, 
Long Island. 

The Rev. Edmund D. Barry, Principal of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Academy, New York. 

The Rev. John M'Vickar, of St. James', Hyde Park. 

The Rev. Thimothy Clowes, Deacon, St. Peter's Church, 
Albany. 

The Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, 
and St. James', Hamilton Square. 

The Rev. John Brady, Deacon, St. George's Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. Ralph Wilhston, Zion Church, New York. 

The Rev. Birdseye G. Noble, Deacon, St. George's Church, 
Hempstead. 

The Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Grace Church, Jamaica. 

The Rev. William Powell, Deacon, St. Andrew's Church, Col- 
denham. 

The Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, Deacon, New York. 

The Rev. WilHam E. W^yatt, Deacon, St. James' Church, 
Newtown, Long Island. 

The Rev. John C. Rudd, of Elizabethtown, New Jersey 



1812.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 231 

The Rev, Adam Empie, of Wilmington, North Carolina. 
The Rev. John V. Bartow, of Savannah, Georgia. 
The Rev. Theodore Dehon, D. D., Bishop elect of the Church 
in South Carolina. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

Trinity Church, New York, Richard Harison, David M. Clark- 
son, Robert Troup, Thomas L. Ogden. 

Grace Church, New York, John Slidell, Wright Post, David 
B. Ogden. 

Christ Church, New York, George Dominick, Thomas Harvey. 

St. Mark's, Bowery, New York, Mangle Minthorne, Edward 
Lyde, Andrew Ogden. 

Du St. Esprit, New York, Cadwallader D. Colden, John Pin- 
tard, John B. Church. 

St. Stephen's New York, Henry Pope, Tunis Bergh, David 
Marsh, John Pollion. 

St. Michael's, Bloomingdale, New York, Valentine Nutter, 
William A. Davis, Frederick Depeyster, Isaac Jones. 

St. James', Hamilton Square, New York, Martin Hoffman, Peter 
Schermerhorn. 

Zion Church, New York, John P. Ritter, Joseph Graff, Lazarus 
Beach. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, John Davis, David Brooks. 

St. James', Newtown, Timothy Roach, John Ebhitts. 

St. Ann's, Brooklyn, James B. Clarke, William Grigg, John 
Cornell. 

St. George's, Flushing, Richard Piatt. 

Trinity Church, Fairfield, Andrew A. Bartow. 

Christ Church, Hudson, William E. Norman. 

Trinity Church, Geneva, Thomas Lowthrop. 

Grace Church, Jamaica, Rufus King. 

St. George's, Hempstead, Benjamin Tredwell, Hewlet. 

Trinity Church, New Rochelle, David Coutant, Theophilus 
Bartow. 

St. James' Church, Goshen, William Thompson, George 
D. Wickham. 

St. John's, Church, Yonkers, Henry White, Elijah Valentine. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill, Daniel C. Verplanck. 

Christ Church, Rye, Peter J. Munro, John P. Delancey. 

St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, W^illiam Seaman. 

Trinity Church, Utica, Morris S. Miller. 

St. James', North Salem, Joshua Purdy. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, Joseph Bedell, Alexander 
Carnes, John Vanc^ke. 



232 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1812. 

St. James' Church, Hyde Park, Samuel Bard, Nathaniel Pen- 
dleton. 

Christ Church, Cooperstown, Issaac Cooper. 

St. George's Church, Newburgh, David Fowler, Thos. Farmer. 

Grace Church, Waterford, John Vibbard. 

St. Peter's Church, Stamford, Joseph D. Beers. 

St. Peter's Church, West Chester, Abijah Hammond, Richard 
V. Morris. 

St. Paul's Church, East Chester, Isaac Ward. 

St. Peter's, Pultenep'ille, Henry Laight. 

Trinity Church, Athens, Delucena Backus. 

St. George's Church, New York, Harry Peters, G. H. Van 
Wagenen, Francis Dorainick, Edward W. Laight. 

St. Matthew's, Unadilla, Cm-tis Noble. 



Nev,^ York, Oct.ober 6th, 1812. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of 
New York ; and the city of New York having been appointed 
by the Bishop as the place of meeting, the Right Rev. Bishop 
Hobart, and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates attended, at 
10 o'clock A. M., in Trinity Church. 

Divine service was celebrated by the Rev. Mr. Prentiss, Rector 
of Trinity Church, Athens, and Christ Church, Hudson ; and a 
sermon, suitable to the occasion, preached by the Rev. Mr. Reed, 
Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; after which the Rev. 
John M'Vickar, Deacon, was admitted by the Bishop to the holy 
order of Priests. 

Divine service being ended, the Convention assembled, and the 
list of the Clergy being called over, agreeably to the second canon 
of this Church of 1803, the following Clergy answered to their 
names, and took their seats : 

The Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Church, Utica ; 
Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New Ro- 
chelle; Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., Assistant Rector of Trinity 
Church, New York; Rev. William Berrian, an Assistant Minister 
of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, Rector 
of Grace Church, New York ; Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Pro- 
fessor of Rhetoric and Moral Philosophy in Columbia College; 
Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's, Flushing ; Rev. 
Orin Clark, Deacon, Missionary ; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of 
St. John's Church, Yonkers ; Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of 
St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary ; 



1812.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 233 

Rev. William Harris, D. D., Rector of St. Mark's Church, in 
the Bowery, New York ; Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ 
Church, Rye ; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Hempstead ; Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., an Assistant Minister 
of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of 
Christ Church, New York; Rev. Richard C. Moore, D.D., Rector 
of St. Stephen's Church, New^ York ; Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector 
of St. John's Church, Otsego, St. Luke's, Richfield, and Harmony 
Church, Butternutts, and other churches in Otsego county ; Rev. 
.Joseph Perry, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Ballston Spa, and St. 
James', Milton ; Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, 
Athens, and Christ Church, Hudson ; Rev. John Reed, Rector of 
Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D.D., Rector 
of St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East 
Chester. 

The following Clergy, entitled to seats in the Convention, were 
absent : 

The Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and 
Trinity Church, Lansingburgh ; Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of 
St. George's Church, Schenectady ; Rev. Davenport Phelps, Mis- 
sionary; Rev. William A. Clark, Missionary. 

The Lay Delegates exhibited certificates of their appointment, 
which were read, and severally approved ; and the following 
Delegates took their seats : 

From Trinity Church, New York, Richard Harison, David 
M. Clarkson, Robert Troup, Thomas L. Ogden ; Grace Church, 
New York, John Slidell, Wright Post, David B. Ogden; Christ 
Church, New York, George Dominick, Thomas Harvey; St. 
Mark's Church, Bowery, New York, Mangle Minthorne, Edward 
Lyde ; Du St. Esprit, New York, Cadwallader D. Colden, John 
Pintard, John B. Church; St. Stephen's, New York, Henry Pope, 
Tunis Bergh, David Marsh, John Polhon ; St. Michael's, Bloom- 
ingdale, New York, Valentine Nutter, William A. Davis, Fred- 
erick Depeyster, Isaac Jones; vSt. James', New York, Martin 
Hoffman; Zion Church, New York, John P. Ritter, Joseph GraflT, 
Lazarus Beach ; Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, John Davis, David 
Brooks; St. James', Newtown, Timothy Roach, John Ebbitts; St. 
Ann's Brooklyn, James B. Clarke, Wilham Grigg, John Cornell ; 
St. George's Church, Flushing, Richard Piatt ; Trinity Church, 
Fairfield, Andrew A. Bartow; Christ Church, Hudson, William E. 
Norman ; Trinity Church, Geneva, Thos, Lowthrop; St. George's 
Church, Hempstead, Benjamin Tredwell ; Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle, David Coutant ; St. James' Church, Goshen, William 
Thompson, George D. Wickham ; St. John's Church, Yonkers, 



234 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1812. 

Henry White, Elijah Valentine ; Trinity Church, Fishkill, Daniel 
C. Verplanck ; Christ Church, Rye, Peter J. Munro ; St. Luke's 
Church, Cattskill, William Seaman ; Trinity Church, Utica, Mor- 
ris S. Miller ; St. James' Church, North Salem, Joshua Purdy ; 
St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, Joseph Bedell, Alexander 
Carnes, John Vandyke ; St. George's Church, Newburgh, David 
Fowler, Thomas Farmer ; Grace Church, Waterford, John Vib- 
bard ; St. Peter's Church, Stamford, Joseph D. Beers ; St. Peter's 
Church, West Chester, Abijah Hammond, Richard V. Morris; 
St. Paul's Church, East Chester, Isaac Ward ; St. Peter's, PuU 
teneyville, Henry Laight ; Trinity Church, Athens, Delucena 
Backus. 

Certificates of the incorporation of St. James' Church, at Hyde 
Park, in the town of Clinton, county of Dutchess ; and of Christ 
Church, Cooperstown, in the county of Otsego, were read, and 
the said churches received into union with this Convention : 
whereupon Dr. Samuel Bard, and Nathaniel Pendleton, Esq., 
of St. James' Church, Hyde Park, and Isaac Cooper, of Chrisi 
Church, Cooperstown, having presented certificates of their ap- 
pointment as Lay Delegates, were admitted members of the 
Convention. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell was, by ballot, elected the Secretary 
of the Convention. 

The Convention adjourned until ten o'clock to-morrow morn- 
ing. 

Wednesday, October 7th, 1812. 

The Convention met, and Morning Prayer was celebrated by 
the Rev. Mr. Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

The following Lay Delegates, who were absent yesterday when 
the certificates of their appointment were read, appeared, and 
took their seats : 

From St. Mark's Church, Bowery, New York, Andrew Og- 
den ; St. James' Church, New York, Peter Schermerhorn ; Christ 
Church, Rye, John P. Delancey ; Trinity Church, New Rochelle, 
Theophilus Bartow. 

A certificate of the incorporation of St. George's Church, New- 
York, was read and approved, and the same received into union 
with this Convention : whereupon Harry Peters, G. H. Van Wa- 



1812.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 236 

genen, Francis Dominick, and Edward W. Laight, having pre- 
sented a certificate of their appointment as Lay Delegates from 
said church, which was read, and approved, took their seats in 
ihe Convention. 

A certificate of the appointment of Curtis Noble, a Lay Dele- 
gate from St. Matthew's Church, Unadilla, was read, and ap- 
proved, and Mr. Noble took his seat. 

A certificate of the incorporation of Christ Church, in the 
village of Manlius, was read, and approved, and the same re- 
ceived into union with this Church. 

A certificate of the appointment of Mr. Hewlet, a Lay Delegate 
from Hempstead, was read, and approved, and Mr. Hewlet took 
his seat. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the ministers of this Church who are not 
regularly entitled to seats, be admitted to the sittings of the 
Convention. 

The following Clergy took their seats agreeably to the fore- 
going resolution : 

The Rev. Mr. Burgess, of Brookhaven, Long Island ; Rev. Mr. 
Barry, of New York ; Rev. Mr. M'Vickar, of St. James', Hyde 
Park ; Rev. Mr. Clowes, Deacon, of St. Peter's Church, Albany ; 
Rev. Mr. Jarvis, of St. Michael's, Bloomingdale, and St. James', 
Hamilton Square ; Rev. Mr. Brady, Deacon, St. George's, New 
York ; Rev. Mr. Williston, Zion Church, New^ York ; Rev. Mr. 
Noble, Deacon, St. George's Church, Hempstead ; Rev. Mr. 
Sayres, Grace Church, Jamaica ; Rev. Mr. Powell, Deacon, St. 
Andrew's, Coldenham ; Rev. Mr. Onderdonk, Deacon, New 
York ; Rev. Mr. Wyatt, Deacon, St. James' Church, Newtown, 
Long Island ; Rev. Mr. Rudd, of Elizabethtown, New Jersey ; 
Rev. Mr. Empie, of Wilmington, North Carolina ; Rev. Mr. 
Bartow, of Savannah, Georgia. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the Rev. Dr. Dehon, Bishop elect of South 
Carolina, be invited to a seat in this Convention. 

The Rev. Mr. Perry, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Ballston 
Spa, and St. James', Milton, appeared, and took his seat. 

A certificate of the appointment of the Honourable Rufus King 



236 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1812. 

and John Motley, Lay Delegates from Grace Church, Jamaica, 
was read, and approved, and Mr. King took his seat. 

Resolved, That the ihanks of the Convention be returned to 
the Rev. Mr. Reed for his sermon preached before them yesterday, 
and that he be requested to furnish a copy for publication. 

The Clergy who were absent last Convention were called on 
for the reasons of their absence, agreeably to the canon enjoining 
their attendance ; which reasons were accepted. 

A letter from the Right Rev. Bishop Provoost, addressed to the 
Rev. Clerical and to the Lay Members of the Convention of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York, was 
read, which is as follows, viz. : 

'" To the Rev. Clerical, and to the Lay Members of the Convention 

of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New York. 

"BRETHREN, 

" This being the day appointed by our Church for your Convention, I think 
l)roper to address you. 

"You well know that in the year 1801 I proffered to the State Convention, 
a resignation of my jurisdiction as Bishop of this Diocese, and that immediately 
afterwards I communicated to the General Convention, then in session at 
Trenton, information of the step I had taken. For a long time I fully believed 
that my act of resignation was recognized as effectual. But having some lime 
since become acquainted with the proceedings of the State and General Con- 
ventions in relation to this subject, and feeling a due respect for the sentiments 
of the General Convention, so strongly and decisively expressed in the resolu- 
tion of the House of Bishops of the 7th of September, 1801, 1 think it my duty 
to inform you, that though it has not pleased God to bless me with health that 
wiU enable me to discHarge all the duties of a Diocesan, and for that reason I 
cannot now attend the Convention ; yet I am ready to act in deference to the 
resolution above mentioned, and to concur in any regulations which expediency 
may dictate to the Church; without which concurrence I am, after the resolu- 
tion of the House of Bishops, bound to consider every Episcopal act as un- 
authorized. 

" With my earnest prayers to Almighty God for the prosperity and peace 
of our Church, for the spiritual welfare and temporal happiness of all its 
iriembers, •' I am, 

" My dearly beloved Brethren, 

"Your affectionate Father in God, 

« SAMUEL PROVOOST, 

" Bishop of the Prot. Episc. Clmrch in tlie .State of New Yorii, and Diocesan oftlie same. 

" Nicw YoKK, 6th Oct. 1812." 



1812.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 237 

Whereupon the following resolutions were proposed and con- 
sidered : 

" Whereas by the Constitution of this Churcli the right of electing iiw. 
Bishop thereof is vested in, and appertains to the Convention of this State : 
And whereas the jurisdiction of the Bishop of the Protestant Kpiscoi)al Church 
as the Diocesan thereof may be resigned, although the spiritual character or 
order of the Bishop is indelible; and such r'?signation, when the same is 
accepted by the Convention, creates a vacancy in the office of Diucesan Bishop 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church in this State: And whereas the Right 
Rev. Samuel Provoost, D. D., being then the Diocesan Bishop of the said 
Church in this State, did, on the third day of September, in the year of our 
Lord one thousand eight hundred and one, resign liis Episcopal jurisdiction 
of this Diocese to the Convention of the said Church in this State ; and the 
said Convention did on tlie next day accej)t the said resignation, and on the 
following day proceeded to the choice, by ballot, of a person to succeed the 
said Diocesan Bishop; and thereupon the Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D., was 
unanimously chosen by the Clergy and Laity, and received from them, as 
Bishop elect of this Church, the testimonial required by the Canon of the 
General Convention : And whereas the said Benjamin JVloore was, on the 
eleventh day of the said month of September, rightly and canonically conse- 
crated into the office of Bishop of the said Church, and from that time hath 
exercised the powers and jurisdiction of Diocesan Bishop in this State : And 
whereas this Convention hath been given to understand that doubts have been 
entertained whether the office and jurisdiction of Diocesan Bishop became 
vacant by the said resignation and acceptance thereof, and whether the said 
Benjamin Moore was of right the Diocesan Bishop of the said Church in this 
State by virtue of the election and consecration herein before mentioned : And 
whereas this Convention hath further understood that since the last Conven- 
tion the said Bishop Provoost hath assumed, and by his letter this day read jr. 
Convention does claim, the title and character of Diocesan Bishop : — Now, 
therefore, in order to obviate the said doubts, and with a view to restore and 
preserve the peace and order of the Church, this Convention doth hereby re- 
solve and declare, 

'• That the Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, from and immediately after the 
acceptance of his resignation by the Convention of the Church in this State, 
ceased to be the Diocesan Bishop thereof, and could no longer rightfully exer- 
cise the functions or jurisdiction appertaining to that office ; that having ceaeed 
to be the Diocesan Bishop as aforesaid, he could neither resume, nor be re- 
stored to that character by any act of his own or of the General Convention, 
or either of its houses, without the consent and participation of the said State 
Convention, which consent and participation the said Bishop Provoost has 
not obtained ; and that his claim to such character is therefore unfounded. 

" And further this Convention doth declare and resolve, that the spiritual 
order of Bishop having been canonically conferred upon the said Benjamin 
Moore, he became thereby, in consequence of the said previous election, ipso 
facto, and of right, the Diocesan Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church 
in this State, and as such, well entitled to all the jurisdiction and pre-eminence 
belonging to that office, and which have been, and may be, canonically exer- 
cised by him personally, or through his co-adjutor, in the said character. 

" And this Convention, in their own names, and for the Protestant Episco- 
pal Church in this State, do hereby solemnly declare and acknowledge the said 
Benjamin Moore, and no other person, to be their true and lawful Diocesan 
Bishop ; and that respect and obedience ought of right to be paid to him as 
such." 



238 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1812. 

The question on the passage of the above resolutions being 
taken, they were carried in the affirmative. 

Yeas, Clergy. — The Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, the Rev. Theo- 
dosius Bartow, the Rev. Abraham Beach, D. D., the Rev. Wil- 
liam Berrian, the Rev. Nathanael Bowen, the Rev. John Bowden, 
D. D., the Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, the Rev. Orin Clark, the Rev. 
Elias Cooper, the Rev. Samuel Fuller, the Rev Samuel Haskell, 
the Rev. Seth Hart, the Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., the Rev. 
Thomas Lyell, the Rev. Daniel Nash, the Rev. Joseph Prentiss, 
the Rev. John Reed, the Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D. 

Laity.* — St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, a church and 
chapel, 2; St. George's Church, Hempstead, a church and 
chapel, 2 ; Grace Church, New York, 1 ; Christ Church, New 
York, 1 ; Du St. Esprit, New York, 1 ; Trinity Church, New York, 
a church and two chapels, 3 ; St. Mark's Church, Bowery, New 
York, 1 ; St. Stephen's Church, New York, 1 ; St. James' Church, 
New York, 1 ; Zion Church, New York, 1 ; Christ Church, Pough- 
keepsie, 1 ; St. James' Church, Newtown, 1 ; St. Ann's Church, 
Brooklyn, 1 ; St. George's Church, Flushing, J ; Trinity Church, 
Fairfield, 1 ; Christ Church, Hudson, 1 ; Trinity Church, Geneva, 
1 ; Grace Church, Jamaica, 1 ; Trinity Church, New Rochelle, 
1 ; St. James' Church, Goshen, 1 ; St. John's Church, Yonkers, 
1; Christ Church, Rye, 1; St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, 1; 
Trinity Church, Utica, 1 ; St. James' Church, Hyde Park, 1 ; 
Christ Church, Cooperstown, 1 ; St. Peter's Church, Stamford, 1 ; 
St. Peter's Church, West Chester, 1 ; St. Peter's Church, Pulteney- 
ville, 1 ; Trinity Church, Athens, 1 ; St. George's Church, New 
York, 1 ; St. Matthew's Church, Unadilla, 1. 

Nays, Clergy. — None. 

Laity. — St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, 1 ; Trinity 
Church, Fishkill, 1. 

St. George's Church, Newburgh, divided. 

The Rev. Dr. Moore, the Rev. Dr. Harris, and the Rev. Mr. 

Feltus, were excused from voting, and expressed their determina- 
tion to submit to the decision of the Convention. 

The Delegate from St. James' Church, North Salem, was also 
excused from voting. 

* Agreeably to the 7th article of the Constitution of this Church the Laity voted 
by congregations; and when more than one church or chapel is united under one 
Vestry, the Delegate or Delegates of such Vestry is entitled to a vote lor each church 
or chapel. 



1812.] OF THE DIOCESK OF NEW YORK. 239 

On motion, 

Resolved, That copies of the letter from the Right Rev. Bishop 
Provoost, addressed to the Clerical, and to the Lay Members of 
the Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Chm-ch in the State 
of New York, and of the above resolutions, be sent to the Right 
Rev. Bishop Moore, the Diocesan of the Church in this State, 
and to the Right Rev. the Bishops of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church in the United States ; and also a copy of the resolutions 
to the Right Rev. Bishop Provoost. 

The Convention adjourned, to meet again to-morrow morning 
at half-past eight o'clock. 

Thursday Oct. 8th, half-past 8 o'clock A. M. 
The Convention met. 

The Clergy were called on for their parochial reports, required 
by the 45th canon of the General Convention, which were pre- 
sented and read ; and, as required by the said canon, inserted on 
the Journals. 



Caroline Church, Brookhaven ; Rev. Nathan B. Burgess. — 
Baptisms, 2 ; communicants, 7 ; marriages, 5 ; funerals, 3. 

St. Panics Church, Troy, and Trinity Church, Lansingburgh ; 
Rev. David Butler, Rector.* — St. PauVs Church, Troy. Baptisms, 
adults 7, infants 20 — 27; communicants, 68; marriages, 7; 
funerals, 19. 

Trinity Church, Lansingburgh. Baptisms, adults 2, infants 
7 — 9 ; communicants 14 ; marriages, 2 ; funerals, 4. 

Church at Stillwater. Baptisms, 6 ; communicants, 1 1. 

Church at Sandy Hill. Baptisms, 5 ; communicants, 12. 

Church at Waterford. Baptisms, 3 ; communicants, 10 ; mar- 
riage, 1 ; funerals, 2. 

The Churches in Otsego county, (for two years past;) Rev. 
Daniel Nash, Rector. — Baptisms, adults 14, infants 90 — 104; 
communicants, 100; marriages, 11; deaths, 13. 

Grace Church, Jfew York ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 19; communicants, about 100; marriages, 9; burials, 4. 

* This report was transmitted by Mr. Butler. 



240 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1812. 

The united Parishes of St. Michael's, Bloomingdale, and 
St. James', Hamilton Square, JYew York; Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis. 
— St. MichaePs, Bloomingdale. Baptisms, adult 1, infants 10 — 
11; communicants in the winter, 30, in the summer, 54; mar- 
riages, 4 ; burial, 1. 

Since the last report one communicant has died, and three have 
removed into the parish. 

St. James', Hamilton Square. No report is made of this 
parish, for the reason mentioned in the report of 1811. 

Christ Church, Rye; Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector. — The 
parish of Rye and White Plains is in peace and quietness, and the 
congregations are in good fellowship with each other. - 

Baptisms, 17 ; communicants, 50 ; marriages, 9 ; deaths, 7. 

Trinity Church, JYew Rochelle ; Rev. Theodosius Bartow, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 4; infants 7 — 11; communicants 20 
to 30 ; marriages, 6 ; funerals, 16. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers ; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 12 ; communicants, 48 ; marriages, 6. 

Grace Church, Jamaica ; Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, officiating 
Minister. — Baptisms, 9 ; communicants, 38 ; marriages, 5 ; fu- 
nerals, 12. 

St. George's Church, Flushing ; Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rec- 
tor. — Baptisms, adults 14, infants 18 — 32; communicants, 31; 
marriages, 6 ; funerals, 4. 

St. Paul's Church, Ballstmi Spa, and St. James' Church, 
Milton ; Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector. — Baptisms, adults 3, infants 
51 — 54; increase of communicants, 5 ; marriages, 7. 

Trinity Church, Utica ; St. Paul's Church, Paris ; Trinity 
Church, Fairfield, Herkimer county ; and Christ Church, Madi- 
son county ; Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector. — Trinity Church, 
Utica. Families, about 30 ; baptisms, adults 2, infants 17-; — 19 ; 
communicants, 26 ; marriage, 1 ; funerals, 4. 

St. Paul's Church, Paris. Families, 50 ; baptisms, 7 ; com- 
municants, 75. 

Trinity Church, Fairfield, Herkimer county. Families, 25 ; 
baptisms, 6. 

Christ Church, Madison county. Families, 25 ; baptisms, 5. 

St. James' Church, Goshen ; Rev. William Powell, officiating 
Minister. — Families, 27 ; baptisms, 14 ; communicants 6. 



1812.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK, 241 

St. Andrew's Church, Coldenham. Families, 30; baptisms, 
13 ; communicants, 46 ; marriage, 1 ; funerals, 4. 

St. Peter's Churchy West Chester, and St. PauPs Church, East 
Chester; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector. — Baptisms, adults 
4, infants 18 — 22; communicants, about 60; marriages, 6; 
deaths, 7. 

St. James' Church, Hyde Park; Rev. John M'Vickar. — 
Baptisms, adults 5, infants 18 — 23; communicants, 15; burials, 6. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; Rev. John Reed Rector. — 
Families, about 90 ; baptisms, about 30 ; communicants, about 
90 ; marriages, 10. 

St. George's Church, JVew York'; Rev. John Brady, officiating 
Minister. — Families, about 185; baptisms, 25; communicants, 
from 60 to 80 ; marriages, 9 ; funerals, 10. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn; Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector. — ■ 
Communicants, removals 6, additions 15, — present number 121 ; 
marriages, 7. 

Trinity Church, Athens, and Christ Church, Hudson; Rev. 
Joseph Prentiss, Rector. — Baptisms, adults 8, infants 78 — 86 ; 
communicants in each church, 30 — 60; marriages, 13; fu- 
nerals, 14. 

Christ Church, JVew York; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector.— 
Baptisms, — ; communicants, about 210; marriages, 49. 



Reports from the missionaries, the Rev. Mr. Phelps, the Rev. 
Mr. Fuller, the Rev. Wilham A. Clark, and the Rev. Orin Clark, 
addressed to the Bishop, were read. 

The following was received from the Rev. Mr. Phelps : 

•• RIGHT REV. SIR. " Geneva, Scpt. 25th, 1812. 

" Since the first Sunday in the last month I have been provi- 
dentially disabled from performing the duties of my mission, 
having been from that time confined with a painful infirmity, 
from which, it is hardly probable (as you must, I presume, be 
sensible, from your personal knowledge when you favoured me 
with an interview in your late visitation) that I shall soon, if ever, 
be so far recovered as to be again able to undergo the fatigue of 
attending statedly so many distant churches as are already in this 
county and its vicinity. Respecting these infant establishments. 



242 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1812. 

I shall not, I believe, differ in opinion with Mr. Clai'k, who has 
faithfully and successfully laboured among them for almost a year 
past, when I say, that they, and other places in the same neigh- 
bourhood where other churches might be incorporated, require 
more attention than one, or even two, able missionaries can 
possibly pay them. As their welfare is near my heart, I must 
again take the liberty, and perhaps for the last time, of recom- 
mending them to the further fostering care of the Committee for 
Propagating the Gospel, to whom, under God, they are already 
so much indebted for their present privileges and prospects. 
There continues to be a gradual addition to their numbers, and a 
devout attention to the duties of religion. The books heretofore 
furnished have been essentially useful ; but they have been some 
time since all appropriated, and more are now greatly wanted — 
such as Common Prayer Books and small religious tracts. Eight 
or ten dozen of the former would not, I believe, be too large a 
supply. 

" My health will permit me only to add, that since my return 
from New York, in November last, I have performed Divine 
service in Geneva twenty-eight Sundays, exclusive of feast and 
fast days ; and have also visited and administered the Holy Com- 
munion at Auburn, Pulteneyville, Bloomfield, Honeyoye, and 
Catherine ; having, through mercy, been absent from the public 
service only one whole Sunday, and, if I recollect right, only a 
part of one other, until my late confinement. 

" For further particulars respecting the state of the churches 
here (being too unwell to enlarge) I must refer you to the Rev. 
Mr. Clark, who I expect will be the bearer of this, and am, 
" Right Rev. Sir, 

" Your most obedient and faithful servant in Christ, 
"DAVENPORT PHELPS. 

"Baptisms, adults 3, infants 8 — 11 ; marriages, 5 ; burials, 2. 

" Right Rev. Dr. Hobart." 

The following report was received from the Rev. Samuel Fuller : 

" I performed Divine service in Cattskill one Sunday, in Rens- 
selaerville 21 Sundays, in Durham 11 Sundays, in Windham nine 
Sundays, in Stamford five Sundays. In all these places, except 
Cattskill, I have preached lectures ; also preached lectures in 
Harpersfield and Middleburgh. 

" I have officiated as often as my health and other circumstances 
would permit. 

" Two Sundays were taken up in going from and returning to 
New York ; two Sundays I did not perform Divine service on 
account of sickness j and one Sunday on account of bad weather. 



1812.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 243 

" I baptised, in Rensselaerville, 3 adults and 14 children ; Dur- 
ham, 1 adult and 2 children; Windham, 1 adult and 11 children; 
Stamford, 3 children ; Harpersfield, 1 child ; Cattskill, 1 child. 

'' The whole number of baptisms, 5 adults, and 32 children. 

" In Rensselaerville an Episcopal Society was formed in the 
year 1811. About twenty families commonly attend the worship 
of the Church. They have a subscription for a house of worship. 
About 1650 dollars are already subscribed ; but the Vestry are 
not authorized to build until the subscription amoimts to at least 
2000 dollars. The whole number of subscribers in Rensselaer- 
ville is 48 ; 43 heads of families, and five other persons. There 
is an increasing apparent seriousness in the worship ; and some 
persons have lately received baptism, and will, with some others, 
when opportunity shall present, receive the sacrament of the 
Lord's Supper. 

" In Durham those who are attached to the worship of the 
Church met June 15, and chose Wardens and Vestrymen, with a 
view to be incorporated as the law directs. On Sunday, August 
9th, the communion of the Lord's Supper was administered, the 
first time, to sixteen persons. This Society is small, but appears 
much attached to the Church ; and the worship, the year past, 
has been attended with propriety, and apparent seriousness. 

" In Windham an Episcopal Society has been incorporated 
twelve or fifteen years ; but being destitute of a clergyman the 
greater part of the time, and owing to some other circumstances, 
the Society has not increased. They never had the Communion 
until lately ; July 26 it was administered, the first time, to thir- 
teen persons ; and September 27 it was again administered to 
twenty -four persons ; and some others will come to the Commu- 
nion should there be another opportunity. This Society stands in 
need of patronage. It is of considerable standing ; has been dis- 
appointed and considerably discouraged, but is now reviving. A 
great deal of seriousness and animation is apparent in their wor- 
ship. The number of communicants is increasing. The congre- 
gation is the largest except Stamford of any that I have visited ; 
but, in proportion to their number, they are not very able. Some 
other circumstances of considerable weight render attention to 
that people at this time of great importance. 

" In Stamford I administered the Communion twice, to between 
twenty and thirty persons. As they have lately received a visit 
from you, any further remarks are unnecessary. 

" I remain, Right Rev. and dear Sir, 
'' Your servant in Christ, 

" SAMUEL FULLER. 

"New York, Oct. 6, 1812. 

" The Right Rev. J. H. Hobart." 



244 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1812. 

The following is an extract from the report of the Rev. Wilham 
A. Clark : 

Since November last my labours have been divided principally 
between the church in Auburn, that of Manhus, and Skaneateles. 
At Auburn I have performed Divine service fifteen Sundays, at 
Manlius an equal number, and at Skaneateles six. The two 
former places continue in the same promising situation they were 
in the preceding year — the number of the Societies has increased, 
and the exertions of the members are unabated. The number of 
Episcopal families in Skaneateles has also increased, though their 
zeal for building a church is not what might be wished. They 
have yet thought proper to remain, unorganized, a branch of the 
Church in Auburn. The number of communicants in these places 
is something upwards of forty — at Manlius there are about 
twenty. In these churches the number of baptisms have been 
twenty, marriages three, deaths six. 

"Besides the above related services, I have visited, in the 
course of the year, Geneva, Sulphur Springs, Bloomfield, Ho- 
neyoye westward and eastward, Utica, Fairfield, and Johnstown, 
and performed Divine service on Sunday in each of them. I have 
also visited and performed Divine service in most of the towns in 
the counties of Cayuga and Onondaga." 

The following is an extract from the report of the Rev. Orin 
Clark: 

" At Geneva I have spent seven Sundays, at Clifton Springs 
seven, at Pulteneyville six, at Bloomfield seven, at Honeyoye 
eight, at Catherine two, at Sheldon one; and, by exchanging 
with my brother, who officiated for me at Geneva, the Springs, 
Bloomfield, and Honeyoye, I have spent two Sundays at Skane- 
ateles, one at Auburn, and one at Manlius; besides which, I 
spent one Sunday at each of the two last mentioned places before 
lAy arrival at Geneva. 

"Besides preaching on Sundays, and on the fast and feast days, 
I have given several lectures in the different places where I have 
officiated. Baptisms, 8 adults, and 26 infants. 

" In all the places where I have performed Divine service, the 
congregations appear to be in a flomishing condition. Consider- 
able accessions have, within a short time, been made to their 
numbers, particularly of those west of Geneva ; and a zeal and 
love for the Church seem to be increasing among them. Could 
one or two more missionaries be sent among them, there is every 
reason to hope that this part of our Zion would soon assume the 
garments of gladness ; but without this, her condition, it is to be 
feared, cannot long be prosperous j for, to say nothing of the 



1812.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 245 

burden of labour which is imposed on a missionary by his being 
ol)]iged to divide his services among six or seven societies, at a 
distance from one another of 30, 40, 50, and 60 miles, experience 
has demonstrated that by such a division their utility is, in a great 
measure, destroyed, and that an increase of numbers or piety in a 
congregation can seldom be expected unless Divine service is 
regularly performed a considerable portion of the time." 



Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, 
" providing for an accurate view of the state of the Church from 
time to time," the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart delivered the fol- 
lowing address : 

" BRETHREN, 

the Clerical and Lay Members of the Convention, 

" The 45th canon of the General Convention requires, that ' at every annual 
State or Diocesan Convention the Bishop shall deliver an address, stating the 
affairs of the Diocese since the last meeting of the Convention ; the names of 
the churches which he has visited ; the number of persons confirmed ; the 
names of those who have been received as candidates for orders, and of those 
wlio have been ordained, suspended, or degraded; the changes by death, re- 
moval, or otherwise, which have taken place among the Clergy; and, in 
general, all matters tending to throw light on the affairs of the Diocese : which 
address shall be inserted on the Journals.' In conformity to this canon, I lay 
before you the following statement of the affairs of the Diocese since the last 
meeting of the Convention. 

" The holy rite of Confirmation has been administered at the churches in 
the following places: Newtown and Flushing, Long Island; Milton, Charlton, 
and Slillwater, Saratoga county ; Albany; Fairfield, Herkimer couoty; Utica 
and Paris, Oneida county ; Manlius, Onondaga county ; Auburn, Cayuga 
count}- ; Geneva, Clifton Springs, Pulteneyville, Bloomfield, and Honeyoye, 
Ontario county ; Richfield and Unadilla, Otsego county ; Stamford, Delaware 
county; Troy and Lansingburgh, Ren.sselaer county. At these visitations 
about 500 persons have been confirmed. 

"I have also visited the congregations at Ballstown Springs; Schenectady; 
Duanesborough ; Catherine Town, Tioga county; Butternutts, Otsego count}'; 
Waterford ; Athens; Hudson; Cattskill; Hyde Park; Poughkeepsie ; and 
Fishkill: and performed Divine .service also in Canandaigua, Ontario county; 
in which place there are a few Episcopal families. 

" In the course of this visitation, the solicitude discovered by the people, for 
the enjoyment of the services of our Church, was a source of the highest 
gratification to me ; alloyed however by the painful reflection that, from the 
scarcity of clergymen, many congregations which, under regular ministrations, 
would increase and flourish, enjoy only occasional services, at great intervals 



246 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1812. 

of time; and, that of course their progress is much impeded. In many places, 
from the same cause, opportunities are lost of establishing new congregations. 
The few clergymen who, as settled ministers or as missionaries, ofBciate in the 
extensive Avestern district of the State, undergo labours and fatigue, in the dis- 
charge of their duty, of which it would be difficult to form too high an estimate. 
But their services are necessarily so widely spread, that particular congrega- 
tions do not derive the full benefit which would result from more confined 
ministrations. It is most earnestly to be wished that clergymen could be pro- 
cured to fill the vacant churches, particularly in the western district, and 
provision made for their support either as settled ministers, or as missionaries. 

•■' St. James' Church, Hyde Park, Dutchess county ; St. James' Church, 
Milton, Saratoga county; St. Peter's Church, Auburn, Cayuga county; and 
St. Luke's Church, Richfield, Otsego county, have been consecrated according 
to the prescribed form. 

" The following parsons have been admitted into the holy order of Deacons : 
John M'Vickar, David Huntington, Benjamin Tredwell Onderdonk; and Lewis 
P. Bayard, of New Jersey. 

"The following Deacons have been admitted into the holy order of Priests 
David Moore, Adam Em pie, Ralph Williston, William Berrian, Gilbert H. 
Sayres, William A. Clark, and John M'Vickar. 

" The Rev. William Berrian has been instituted an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York, and the Rev. Joseph Perry Rector of St. Paul's 
Church, Ballston Spa, and St. James' Church, Milton. : 

" The Rev. Jonathan Judd, and the Rev. Reuben Hubbard, have removed, 
with letters dismissory, to the Diocese of Connecticut ; and the Rev. Adam 
Empie to North Carolina. 

"Several persons have been admitted candidates for orders. 

" Agreeably to the requisitions of the canon, it is also my duty to state, that 
the Rev. Cave Jones has been duly suspended, under the 32d canon of the 
(general Convention, from the exercise of the ministerial office, until he sub- 
mits to the terms of the recommendation of the Right Rev. Bishop Moore and 
his presbyters, to jrelinquish his title to the office of an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

" At the request of the Standing Committee of New Jersey, I visited St. 
Matthew's Church, in the city of Jersey, and St. John's Church, Elizabeth- 
town, and administered the holy riie of Confirmation. In this latter Church, 
73 persons were confirmed." 

The Clergy were called on for an account of the collections 
made in their respective congregations for the Episcopal and 
Missionary Funds, which account was accordingly rendered. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to consider and 
report to the next annual Convention, whether any, and if any. 



1812.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 247 

what measures ought to be adopted, in order to the employment 
of a greater number, and a more adequate compensation of the 
labours of missionaries in this State. 

The Rev. Mr. Bowen, the Rev. Dr. How, Robert Troup, and 
Garret H. Van Wagenen, Esq's, were appointed the Committee, 
in conjunction with the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart. 

A canon was proposed, and adopted, relative to Delegates to 
the Convention of the Church in this State. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Deputies to the 
General Convention : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Dr. Wilkins, Rev. Dr. How, Rev. Mr. 
Cooper ; Hon. Rufus King, Hon. P. S. Van Rensselaer, Dr. John 
Onderdonk, Mr. John Moore. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Members of the 
Standing Committee : 

Rev. Dr. Beach, Rev. Dr. Harris, Rev. Mr. Bowen, Rev. Dr. 
Bowden; Richard Harison, Esq., Gen. Clarkson, Dr.^John Onder- 
donk, Mr. William Ogden. 

The iollowing persons were chosen, by ballot. Members of the 
Committee for the Propagation of the Gospel in the State of New 
York ; the Bishop being a member ex-officio : 

Rev. Dr. Beach. Rev. Dr. Bowden, Rev. Mr. Bowen; Mr. G. 
H. Van Wagenen, Mr. David M. Clarkson, Dr. John Onderdonk. 

Mr. Garrit H. Van Wagenen was re-elected Treasurer of the 
Convention. 

Agreeably to a canon of the Church, the Rev. Mr. Butler, the 
Rev. Mr. Perry, and the Rev. Mr. Clowes, were appomted by 
the Bishop to officiate occasionally in the vacant congregation at 
Stillwater ; and the Rev. Mr. Perry, and the Rev. Mr. Stebbins, 
in that at Duanesborough. 

The Convention adjourned. 

JOHN HENRY HOBART, D. D., 

ABButaat Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of N«w Vorfe. 

Attested, 

THOMAS LYELL, Secretary. 



248 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1812, 

CANON 

Relative to Delegates to the Convention of the Church in this State. 
Adopted at this Convention, 1812. 

Agreeably to the intent and meaning of the 3d article of the 
Constitution of the Church in this State, no Delegate shall be 
entitled to a seat in the Convention, unless he is a member of the 
congregation, and resides within the parish of the church which 
he is appointed to represent. 



TWENTY-EIGHTH CONVENTION. 



JOURIOrAI. 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

HELDIN TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK, 

October 5th, and 6th, A. D. 1813. 



IList of t!)e ffilcrflB anti Han IScIeflatcs 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Assistant Bishop 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of Ne\v York. 

The Rer. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Church, Utica. 

The Rev. William Berrian, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., Rector of Grace Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. John Brady, Assistant Minister of St. George's 
Church, New York, 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Flushing. 

The Rev. William A. Clark, Missionary. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers. 

The Rev. Henrj^ J. Feltus, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn. 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead. 

The Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 



250 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1813. 

The Rev. John KeM^ley, Rector of St. George's Chmch, New 
York. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. Richard C. Moore, D. D., Rector of St. Stephen's 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens. 

The Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie. 

The Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Schenectady. 

♦ The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The Rev. Ralph Wilhston, Rector of Zion Church, New York. 

The following Clergy, not regularly entitled to seats in the 
Convention, were admitted to honorary seats : 

The Rev. Lewis P. Bayard, of the Diocese of New Jersey. 

The Rev. Nathan B. Burgess, of Caroline Church, Brookhaven. 

The Rev. N. Felch, North Salem. 

The Rev. Reuben Hubbard, of the Diocese of Connecticut. 

The Rev. Mr. Huntingdon, Deacon, officiating at Charlton. 

The Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale. 

The Rev. Stephen Jewett, Christ Church, Hampton. 

The Rev. Henry Moscrop, New York. 

The Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, Deacon, New York. 

The Rev. William Powell, officiating in St. Andrew's Church, 
Orange county, and St. George's Church, Newburgh. 

The Rev. John C. Rudd, of the Diocese of New Jersey. 

The Rev. Gilbert H. Say res, officiating in Grace Church, 
Jamaica. 

The Rev. Joseph Willard. 

The Rev. William E. Wyatt, officiating in St. James' Church, 
Newtown. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

Caroline Church, Brookhaven, Richard Smith. 

Christ Church, Hudson, William E. Norman. 

Christ Church, New York, George Dominick, Timothy Nostrand. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, John Davis^ Amaziah Wright, 
George Boyd, Stephen Hoyt. 

Christ Church, Rye, John P. Delancey, David Rogers, Peter 
J. Munro. 

Du St. Esprit, New York, George Anthon, Thomas Ham- 
mersly, John G. Tardy. 

Grace Church, Jamaica, Rufus King, John Skidmore. 

Grace Church, New York, John Slidell. 



18 13.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 251 

Grace Church, Watcrford, John Vibbard. 

St. Andrew's Church, Orange county, Andrew Graham. 

St. Andrew's Chui-ch, Staten Island, Alexander Carnes, Joseph 
Bedell. 

St, Ann's Chm'ch, Brooklyn, William Cornwell, John Cornell. 
James B. Clarke. 

St. George's Church, Flushing, Samuel H. Van Wyck. 

St. George's Church, Newburgh, Abraham W. Vanduson. 

St. George's Church, New York, Garrit H. Van Wagenen., 
Harry Peters, Francis Dominick. 

St. James' Church, Goshen, William Thompson. 

St. James' Church, Hamilton Square, New York, Peter Schcr- 
merhorn, Martin Hoffman. 

St. James' Church, Hyde Park, Nathaniel Pendleton. 

St. James' Church, Newtown, Timothy Roach, John Ebbitts. 

St. James' Church, North Salem, Jabud June. 

St. John's, Church, Yonkers, Henry White, Isaac Odell. 

St. Mark's Church, Bowery, New York, William Ogden. 
Anthony Norroway. 

St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, New York, Valentine 
Nutter. 

St. Stephen's Church, New York, Moses Jarvis, George Warner, 
James Smith. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill, Silvanus Pine. 

Trinity Chm'ch, Geneva, Samuel Colt. 

Trinity Church, New York, Richard Harison, David M. Clark- 
son, Thomas L. Ogden. 

Trinity Church, Rensselaerville, Apollos Moore. 

Zion Church, New York, John Graff, Thomas Gibbons, Gilbert 
Fowler. 

Nev; York, October 5th, 1813. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of 
New York ; and the city of New York having been appointed 
by the Bishop as the place of meeting, the Right Rev. Bishop 
Hobart, and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates attended, at 
10 o'clock A. M., in Trinity Church. 

F Divine service was performed by the Rev. Mr. Stebbins, Rector 
of St. George's Church, Schenectady ; and a sermon, suitable to 
the occasion, preached by the Rev. Mr. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity 
Church, Utica ; after which the Rev. William E. Wyatt, and the 
Rev. Stephen Jewett, Deacons, were admitted by the Bishop to 
the holy order of Priests. 



252 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1813. 

Divine service being ended, the Convention assembled, and the 
list of the Clergy being called over, agreeably to the second canon 
of this Church of 1803, the following Clergy answered to their 
names, and took their seats : 

The Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Chm-ch, Utica ; 
Rev. William Berrian, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., Rector of Grace 
Church, New York ; Rev. John Brady, Assistant Minister of St. 
George's Church, New York; Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of 
St. George's Church, Flushing; Rev. William A. Clark, Mission- 
ary ; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers ; 
Rev, Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; 
Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary ; Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector 
of Christ Church, Rye ; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's 
Church, Hempstead ; Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., an Assistant 
Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. John Kewley, Rec- 
tor of St. George's Church, New York ; Rev. Thomas Lyell, 
Rector of Christ Church, New York ; Rev. Richard C. Moore, 
T). D,, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, New York ; Rev. Joseph 
Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens ; Rev. John Reed, 
Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, 
Rector of St. George's Church, Schenectady ; Rev. Isaac Wil- 
kins, D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and St. 
Paul's Church, East Chester ; Rev. Ralph Willislon, Rector of 
Zion Church, New York. 

The following Clergy, entitled to seats in the Convention, were 
absent : 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle ; Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Professor of Rhetoric and 
Moral Philosophy in Columbia College ; Rev. David Butler, Rec- 
tor of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and Trinity Church, Lansingburgh ; 
Rev. William Harris, D. D., Rector of St. Mark's Church, 
Bowery, New York ; Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of St. John's 
Church, Otsego, St. Luke's Church, Richfield, and Harmony 
Church, Butternutts. 

The Lay Delegates exhibited the certificates of their appoint- 
ment, which were read, and severally approved ; and the following 
Delegates took their seats : 

From Caroline Church, Brookhaven, Richard Smith ; Christ 
Church, Hudson, William E. Norman ; Christ Church, New York, 
George Dominick, Timothy Nostrand ; Christ Church, Pough- 
keepsie, John Davis, Amaziah Wright, George Boyd, Stephen 
Hoyt; Christ Church, Rye, John P. Delancey, David Rogers, 



1813.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 253 

Peter J. Munro; Du St. Esprit, New York, George Anthon, 
Thomas Hammersley, John G. Tardy ; Grace Church, Jamaica, 
Rufus King, John Skidmore ; Grace Church, New York, John 
SHdell; Grace Church, Waterford, John Yibbard; St. Andrew \s 
Church, Orange county, Andrew Graham ; St. Andrew's Church. 
Staten Island, Alexander Carnes, Joseph Bedell ; St. Ann's 
Church, Brooklyn, William Cornwell, John Cornell, J. B. Clarke ; 
St. George's Church, Flushing, Samuel H. Van Wyck j St. 
George's Church, Newburgh, Abraham W. Vanduson ; St. 
George's Church, New York, Garrit H. Van Wagenen, Harry 
Peters, Francis Dominick ; St. James' Church, Goshen, William 
Thompson ; St. James' Church, Hamilton Square, Peter Scher- 
merhorn, Martin Hoffman ; St. James' Church, Hyde Park> 
Nathaniel Pendleton ; St. James' Church, Newtown, Timothy 
Roach, John Ebbitts ; St. James' Church, North Salem, Jabud 
June ; St. John's Chui'ch, Yonkers, Henry White, Isaac Odell ; 
St. Mark's Chm'ch, Bowery, New York, William Ogden, Anthony 
Norroway ; St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, New York, 
Valentine Nutter ; St. Stephen's Church, New York, Moses Jar- 
vis, George Warner, James Smith ; Trinity Church, Fishkill, 
Silvanus Pine ; Trinity Church, Geneva, Samuel Colt ; Trinity 
Church, New York, Richard Harison, David M. Clarkson, 
Thomas L. Ogden ; Trinity Church, Rensselaerville, Apollos 
Moore ; Zion Church, New York, John Graff, Thomas Gibbons, 
Gilbert Fowler. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell was elected Secretary of the Conven- 
tion. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the ministers of this Church not regularly 
entitled to seats, be admitted to honorary seats in the Convention. 

The following Clergy took their seats agreeably to the fore- 
going resolution : 

The Rev. Lewis P. Bayard, of the Diocese of New Jersey ; 
Rev. Nathan B. Burgess, of Caroline Church, Brookhaven ; Rev. 
N. Felch, North Salem ; Rev. Reuben Hubbard, of the Diocese 
of Connecticut ; Rev. Mr. Huntingdon, Deacon, officiating at 
Charlton ; Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, St. Michael's Church, Bloom- 
ingdale, and St. James', Hamilton Square ; Rev. Stephen Jewett, 
Christ Church, Hampton; Rev. Henry Moscrop, New York; Rev. 
Benjamin T. Onderdonk, Deacon, New York; Rev. William 
Powell, officiating in St. Andrew's, Church, Orange county, 
and St. George's Church, Newburgh ; Rev. John C. Rudd, of 
the Diocese of New Jersey j Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, officiating 



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in Grace Church, Jamaica; Rev. Joseph Willard; Rev. William 
E. Wyatt, officiating in St. James' Church, Newtown. 

On motion. 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of this Convention be 
returned to the Rev. Mr. Baldwin for his sermon preached before 
them this day, and that he be requested to furnish a copy for 
publication. 

The Convention adjourned until nine o'clock to-morrow morn- 
ing. 

Wednesday Morning, October 6th, 1813. 

The Convention met, and Divine service was celebrated by the 
Rev. Mr. Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens. 

Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, " pro- 
viding for an accurate view of the state of the Church from time 
to time," the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart delivered the following 
address : 

MY CLERICAL AND LAY BRETHREN, 

According to the organization of our Church, the transaction of her ordinary 
ecclesiastical business is principally confided to her executive officers, or to the 
standing committees, appointed from time to time by the Convention in each 
fiocese. The regulation of the worship of the Church, and of its concerns 
.T-enerally, is entrusted to the General Convention. And thus, unless there be 
attempts at change in our established constitution and canons, or at new plans 
ind experiments, which should not be made but with the utmost caution and 
iehheration, our ordinary business at the State Convention is confined princi- 
pally to information concerning the state of the Church. This organization 
provides for the Judicious management of our ecclesiastical concerns, without 
those protracted discussions, and those unpleasant conflicts of opinion which 
would take place if all ecclesiastical business were transacted by the Conven- 
tion. 

;: have offered these ob.?ervations with a view to meet a remark which is 
.sometimes made, that in our Conventions there is very little business to be 
transacted. This circumstance is a happy feature in the organization of our 
Church. Except when changes may be neces.?ary in our constitution or 
.■,anons, and these cannot be made with too much caution and deliberation, 
there can be rarely any occurrence which can lead to differences of opinion, 
or to an unpleasant and tedious protraction of business. We meet together, 
and it is of great imporance that we should thus meet, to obtain a general 
view of the slate of our Zion; to reciprocate and to cherish the feelings of 
brotherly affection ; to correct, by a frank interchange of opinion and informa- 
tion, any errors in doctrine, or irregularities in the discharge of our ministry 



18 13.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 255 

into which we may have inadvertently fallen ; to provoke one another, both 
Clergy and Laity, unto that zeal in our res])ectivc stations in the service of our 
divine Master, which, agreeably to His injunction, unites the wisdom of the 
serpent with the harmlessness of the dove ; and, as the council of his Church, 
with united hearts and voices, to supplicate Almighty God to " direct, sanctify, 
and govern us, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, 
truly received, and truly followed." Nor should we doubt but that God will 
be "present with us" when we thus meet together, " by the mighty power of 
the Holy Ghost," and will bless all our counsels and labours to the advance- 
ment of the kingdom of His dear Son, and " to the breaking down of the king- 
dom of sin, satan, and death ; till at length the whole of His dispersed sheep 
being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life." 

It is my intention also, at an early period, God willing, to carry into effect 
another important purpose of our ecclesiastical meetings, and to deliver those 
official charges required by the nature of episcopal superintendence, and by 
the canons of the Church. At present I shall confine myself to the statement 
enjoined by the canon of the affairs of the diocese. 

In the course of the last winter confirmations were held in Trinitj' Church, 
St. Paul's and St. John's Chapels, Christ Church, St. George's Church, Grace 
Church, and Zion Church, New York ; and about 780 persons confirmed. It 
is expected that there will be confirmations in the other churches in the city 
in the course of the present season. 

Confirmations have also been administered, during the last summer, at St. 
Luke's Church, Cattskill ; at Rensselaerville ; at Durham and Windham, 
Greene county; at the Ochquaga Hills, Windsor, Broome county; at Harmony 
Church, Butternutts, St. John's Church, Exeter, and Christ Church, Coopers- 
town, Otsego county; at Sandy Hill, and Christ Church, Hampton, Washing- 
ton county; at St. George's Church, Schenectady; and at Christ Church, 
Poughkeepsie. At these various confirmations about 320 persons were con- 
firmed, making, in addition to those confirmed in the city, 1100 persons. 

At the request of the Standing Committee of New Jersey, the rite of Con- 
firmation was also administered at Trinity Church, Newark. 

St. James' Church, Goshen; Grace Church, W'aterford ; and Christ Church, 
Hamption, have been consecrated to the service of Almighty God, according to 
the usage of our Church. It gives me pleasure, and I deem it a duty, to bear 
my testimony to the pious liberality of the individuals at whose expense prin- 
cipally these churches have been erected. The church at Hampton, in partic- 
ular, has been built, in a great measure, by the liberal contributions of three 
or four individuals. The congregation at Rensselaerville, which has been 
raised within a few years by the prudent and assiduous ministrations of the 
Rev. Mr. Fuller, are making preparations for erecting a church. Buildings 
for worship are also erecting by the congregations at Athens, at Unadilla, and 
at Manlius Square, Onondaga county. In many other places, congregations, 
who regularly assemble for worship, are prevented from erecting churches by 
the slendemess of their means. I have sometimes, however, witnessed, in the 



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humble dwelling, or in the log school-house, the service of our Church cele- 
brated by the people, with a fervour and propriety not always apparent in the 
splendid edifice. We cannot doubt that this service was acceptable to that 
gracious Being who requires to be worshipped in spirit and in truth, with an 
humble and a contrite heart. But still it is due to His honour and majesty, 
that He should be worshipped in buildings at least decent and commodious, 
and solemnly set apart to the adoration of His great name. 

As an example of the pious fervour which prevails in many congregations, 
too poor and humble either to erect a building for worship, or to obtain the 
stated services of a minister, I cannot refrain from mentioning the congregation 
at the Ochquaga Hills, Broome county. In this retired district a congregation 
was organized, about seventeen years since, by the Rev. Mr. Chase, then a 
missionary. From that time until f visited them, with the exception of the 
services of the Rev. Jonathan Judd, who, when a missionary, spent a few 
weeks with them, they have only enjoyed three or four times the ministrations 
of the Rev. Mr. Nash, who, amidst the multiplicity of his labours, sought and 
cherished this destitute congregation. And yet, notwithstanding these disad- 
vantages, they have kept themselves together ; they have regularly met for 
reading the service and sermons ; and I found among them a knowledge of the 
principles of our Church, and a fervent attachment to its doctrines and worship, 
which astonished and gratified me. Confirmation was administered to about 
thirty persons, and the Holy Communion to as many. Could you have wit- 
nessed, brethren, the expressions of their gratitude, and their earnest solicita- 
tions, accompanied even with tears, for only the occasional services of a 
minister, your treasure and your prayers would have been poured forth to 
gratify them. I had not the treasure, but most assuredly I gave them my 
prayers, and I promised them my best exertions. I cannot leave their case, 
without applying it to establish the importance and inestimable value of our 
Liturgy. But for that Liturgy, and the constant and fedthful use of it, the 
Episcopal congregation at the Ochquaga Hills, and doiihtless in many other 
places almost equally destitute, would long since have become extinct. 

I have also visited the congregations at Fishkill; Stamford, Delaware 
county; Unadilla and Fly Creek, Otsego county; Binghamtown, Chenango 
Point, Broome county ; Albany, Troy, Lansingburgh, and Stillwater; in which 
places I performed Divine service, and at Burlington, Otsego county. 

Since the last Convention several persons have been received as candidates 
for orders; James Thompson, admitted to the holy order of Deacons; and the 
following Deacons, Orin Clark, John Brady, and William Powell, of thi? 
diocese, and Isaac Jones, of Connecticut, admitted to the holy order of Priests; 
and William E. Wyatt, and Stephen Jewett, were yesterday admitted to the 
same order. 

The Rev. John Kewley, from the diocese of Connecticut, has been instituted 
Rector of St. George's Church, New York; and the Rev. John Brady, Assist- 
ant Minister of the same church. The Rev. Ralph Williston has been insti- 
tuted Rector of Zion Church, New York. 



1813.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 257 

The Rev. Bethel Judd, from the diocese of Connecticut, has been chosen 
Principal of the Academy, and Rector of the Church, at Fairfield, Herkimer 
county ; and the Rev. Dr. Abraham Beach, lately Assistant Rector of Trinity 
Church, New York, has removed into the State of New Jersey. 

But in noticing the changes in the diocese, you have doubtless already 
anticipated me in the painful remark, that we no longer perceive in his place 
m this Convention, our venerable brother the Rev. Davenport Phelps. He 
has gone to his rest. For many years he has been employed as a missionary 
in the western parts of the State. Having visited the extensive district in 
which he officiated, I am able to bear testimony to the high estimation in 
which he was held for his pious and exemplary character, and for the fidelity 
and prudent zeal with which he discharged his arduous and laborious duties. 
He is justly revered as the founder of the congregations in the most western 
counties of the State ; whom he attached, not merely to his personal ministra- 
tions, but to the doctrines, the ministry, and the Liturgy of our Church. In- 
deed, it was highly gratifying to me to observe, in the congregations where he 
officiated, and in others, in the infant settlements of the State, which are still 
cherished by ministers equally faithful, the devotion and the decency with 
which the people performed their parts of the public service. It is an evidence 
that whatever prejudices our Liturgy may have at first to encounter among 
those who are unacquainted with it, a minister who will be diligent in ex- 
plaining it, and enforcing its excellencies, and who, in obedience to his ordina- 
tion vows, will be faithful and devout in the use of it, will finally succeed, by 
the Divine blessing, in leading many to value it as their best help in the exer- 
cises of devotion, and, next to the Bible, their best guide to heaven. 

As the support of missionaries is derived principally from the annual 
collections prescribed by the canon, it is of the utmost importance that the 
Clergy should attend to these collections, and urge their congregations to 
liberal contributions. No duty is more strongly demanded from the members 
of our Church, who enjoy the word and ordinances of the Gospel, than that of 
supplying their destitute brethren with the same means of salvation. 

The importance of an establishment for the instruction, for the religious 
and moral discipline, and, in some cases, for the support of young men 
designed for Holy Orders, has always appeared to me essential to the pros- 
perity of our Church ; nor were exertions and arrangements wanting on my 
part, when in a private station, to carry this object in some degree into effect. 
As the responsibility of the admission of persons to Holy Orders ultimately 
rests on the Bishop ; and as from the nature of his office, and the provisions 
of the canons, it is his duty to exercise a general direction and superintendence 
of their previous studies, the necessity of a theological school presses with 
greater force upon my mind in the station which I now occupy. It is an 
auspicious circumstance, that the attention of the Clergy, and of Episcopalians 
generally, appears to be awakened to the importance of this object. And I 
trust it will not be long before a theological school is established ; the object 
of which shall be to train up young men for the ministry, not only in literary 



268 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1813. 

and theological knowlo(lp;o, but in cvaiif^clical pifily, and prudnnt but fervent 
zeal for the advancement of the itinj^dom of Cuiusr. It in of tiie utmost impor- 
tance tiiat th(r plan and Hituation (d' tliiw inHtilution nhonld ni(!el tli(; wants and 
the wiHlicH not merely of the Church in thiK diocese, hut oi our Church at 
large, and thiiH contribute to advance and prceerve thoHe invaluable objects, 
the jjurity and the unity of the ProtCHtant ICpiHcoi)al Chuich in thcKe States. 

My (clerical and I>ay Urethrcu, our Church is oiy;aMized on a principle 
wiiich iH the characteriHtic of the Church from which we are dertcended, and 
which the judicious Mof)kcr defends in his KcclefiiaHlical Polity, that in order 
to give to any act of the Church the force of law, it muHt have the connent of 
all orders (if her rnemberH, Bishops, Clergy, and /.aity. ThiH arrangement 
prevents the evilH of precipitancy; secures the important benefits of wisdom, 
experience, and union in her councils; and presf;rves to all orders of her mem- 
bers their resftective rights. 

I.,ct it then be the object of all who wish good to our Zion, to preserve her, 
as she in now happily organized, in her government, her doctrine, and worsiiip. 
If changes in that organization at any time apjiear necessary, let them be the 
result of much reflection, of much previous consultation, and in some degree 
at least of general concert; and not the hasty and unadvised ebullition of indi- 
vidual zeal. This zeal, however comiru'ridable, is then only safe, when, with 
true Christian humility, it submits to th(; guidance and control of wisdom and 
experience; and aims rather to infuse new life and spirit into institutions long 
established, than to enter on doubtful because untried measures, in the at; v- 

al stations in which it has pleased the Divine Hea<l of the Church to place 

, let it be our endeavour, in dependence on His gnu'-e and blessing, " truly 
and faithfully to s(!rve Him," and to exhibit our Church in the [nirily of her 
doctrines, the primitive sanctity oi her ministry, and the evangelical spirit of 
that Liturgy which has been established by the wisdom and i)iety of the ages 
befofe us. Thus, while we secure our own salvation, we shall advance the 
permanent prosperity of our Church, and, by the blessing of (ion, be instru- 
mental in diffusing the(*ospel of His Hon, our Loud and lUideemer, in its origi- 
nal simplicity, purity, and jiower. 

JOHN HENRY llOUAKl. 
Nkw York, Oct. (i, 1813. 

Ccrl-ific-iilcM of th(! ajipolntmcnt of Lay Delegates from Trinity 
Church, I'^isiikili, and St. James' (Jlmrch, llydo Park, were 
read, and approved ; and the following gentlemen look their 
scats : 

From Trinity (Jhiirc.h, f'islikiii, Silvanas Pine; from St. Jame.M' 
Church, Hyde Park, N. lYndleton. 

The Clergy who were ahsent at tlir; last Convention were 
called on for the reasons of their ahsence, agre(;ahly to the canon 
enjoining their attendance ; which reasoiia were accepted. 



1813.] OF THE LIOCESK OF NKVV YORK. 369 

Reports from the missionaries, the Rev. William A. Clark, the 
Rev. Sainiu'l Fuller, and \hv. Rev. Orin Clark, adilresiied to the 
Bishop, were severally rt-ad. 



Report of the Rev. Mr. Fuller. 

" Owinj; lo the si(kne.ss ami mortality in Rensselaerville the 
last winter, and particularly to tiw aliriction in my lainily, 1 have 
devoted a u[r('ater proptirtion of niv labours to that jilair, llian, 
under other t'iri'unistancrs, 1 should have dout" ; hut, perhaps, in 
no period has the worship of the Church been more u.seful there. 
The eon<);re}i^ation is increasintj; in iunrd)ers, and in attachment to 
the Church. Tlu' worship lias l)i'en conduitcd with muili apparent 
seriousness and solenmity. 

"The eonummion of the Loim's Supper was adniinislcred, the 
first time, Novend)i'r ir)th, ISI'2, to only nine persons, four men 
and five women. Tiie nund)er of eonnnunicantis has since in- 
e.rea.st;d to thirteen. These are .small begiiuuniijs ; hut, it is to be 
remembered, that three years ago the worshi]) of tlie Cliurch was 
wholly unknown in that plaie. 

" Tne subscriptions tor the house of worship have bci-n very 
lib(M'al ; and it is i-alculatcd to put up the builduii;- nevt sununtT, 
if a sullicient amount can be obtained lo complete it. The people 
' have a mind to work ;* and, if they fail in buildinu;, it will he 
owing wholly to tlu^ want of that pecuniary ability whiih is ne- 
ees\sary in such an undertaking. 

" I have preached in Renssehu'r .'M Sundays, and in ninham 8 
Suntlays ; besides other days, occasionally, in both phu-es. I 
liave preaclu'd, also, onci' in (^ittskill ; one Sunday m Athens, 
Hudson, and ('attskill, by exchange with the l\c\\ Mr. Pnntiss, 
who ollieiated for m(! at kiMisselaerville ; once at (Jreenville, and 
once at Coxsackie ; one vSunday and one other day at Windham; 
one Sunday at Lexington; one Sunilay at Staml()rd, by exi hange 
with the llev. Mr. Thompson, who oHicialtHi for nie at Kensse- 
laerville ; one Sunday at Unaddla ; once at Franklin; and once 
at llarperslield. Some Sundays 1 did not olliciate on account ol 
uickness and ileath in my tamily. 

" I have baptised, at Rensselaerville, three adult.s and six chil- 
dren ; at (Jreenville, one child ; at Durhani, one adidt and twelve 
children; at Windham, one child ; at Stand'ord, eight children; 
at llarpersfield, four ehildren ; and, in Cattskill, one child. The 
whole nundier of i)aj)tisn\s is tour adults and thirty-three eluldren. 

" I have a<iininistere(l the I iOiiu's Supper at Uenssehurville four 
times, at Durham twii*e, at (Jreenville once, at Lexington once, 
at Cuxjiiuckic once, and nt Stuiuford oucc. 

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" I have catechised the children at Rensselaerville and at Dur- 
ham. In all the places which I have visited there is a deficiency 
of Prayer Books. 

" On the whole, the interest of the Church is evidently increas- 
ing in that part of the Diocese ; and there is a reasonable pros- 
pect that a number of respectable congregations may be raised 
up ; and some of them in places where, but a short time since, 
the worship of the Church was unknown. 

" I remain, Right Rev. and dear Sir, 

" Your servant in Christ, 

" SAMUEL FULLER. 
"New York, 4th October, 1813. 

« The Right Rev. Bishop Hobart." 

Extract from the Report of the Rev. WilUam A. Clark. ' 

" Since my last report I have directed my attention principally 
to the promotion of the Church in the villages of Manlius, Au- 
burn, Skaneateles, and Montezuma. 

" The number of communicants in Manlius has increased one- 
third during the present year, and a church is now erected, and 
will be completed by the twentieth of December, as large and 
elegant as any in this part of the country, and which will have 
cost the Vestry not less than five thousand dollars. Of the una- 
nimity, the liberality, and the attention of the whole village to 
public worship, I cannot speak too highly. 

" Besides the places related above, I have performed Divine 
service in Marcellus, Brutus, Mentz, Cayuga, and Genoa; and, 
in addition to the usual performances on the fast and festival days 
of our Church and country, have been called by the different de- 
nominations of Christians in the places where I have officiated, to 
preach on about thirty funeral occasions. But notwithstanding 
this fatigue, and that of travelling a great deal in bad weather, 
over bad roads, in health more critical than usual, have been pre- 
vented by sickness one Sunday only from holding church some- 
where. The whole number I have baptised is twenty-seven; 
number of marriages three. The several places stand thus : 

"Auburn, Skaneateles, and their vicinity. Baptisms, 14; mar- 
riages, 3 ; deaths of communicants, 4 ; — present number of com- 
municants, 30. 

" Montezuma — Baptisms, 3 ; Genoa — baptism, 1 ; Manlius — 
baptisms, 9 ; communicants, 30." 

Report of the Rev. Orin Clark. 

•• RIGHT REV. SIR. " Geneva, Sept. 20, 1813. 

" Since the 18th of June last (at which time you were so good 
as to give me leave to relinquish my missionary charge, my health 



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not permitting me any longer to perform its duties) my services 
have been entirely devoted to the congregations in this place. 
Previous to that time they were deA^oted, during the past year, 
among all the vacant congregations in this quarter, nearly in the 
same proportion as in the year preceding. 

" Baptisms, adults 9, children 17 — 26 ; marriage, 1 ; fimerals, 7. 

" I cannot close this report without taking the liberty again to 
soUcit the attention of the Committee for Propagating the Gospel, 
to the situation of the Church in this part of the Diocese, and 
earnestly praying them to continue to it their fostering care. 
Upon this, its prosperity, if not its existence, under God, most 
certainly depends. 

" There are now to the west of this place six Episcopal con- 
gregations, all of which are entirely deprived of the services of 
our Church, to whose worship and doctrines they are most sin- 
cerely attached. All in their power to promote her interests 
among them they will do, but they are not able, without aid from 
some quarter, to obtain or support clergymen ; and without some 
clerical service, it need not be added, they cannot long continue 
prosperous. As a proof of their zeal and attachment to our 
Church, they have the most of them built, or are now building, 
houses of worship, with the hope that this testimony of their re- 
gard to her interests will insure them the continuance of that 
benevolent aid to which, through the Divine blessing, they owe 
their present privileges. And that they may not be herein 
disappointed, but that provision be speedily made that they may 
enjoy the regular services of the Church, is the earnest prayer of, 
" Right Rev. Sir, 

" Your faithful and obedient servant in Christ, 

" ORIN CLARK. 
« Right Rev. Bishop Hobart." 



The Clergy were called on for their parochial reports, required 
by the 45th canon of the General Convention, which were pre- 
sented and read ; and, as required by the said canon, inserted on 
the Journal. 

Caroline Church, Brookhaven ; Rev. Nathan B. Burgess. — 
Baptisms, 2 ; marriages, 2 ; funerals, 3. 

Since the last report one communicant has died, and none 
been added. 

Bedford and Mrthcastle ;oRev. N. Felch.;— Baptisms, 8; 
communicants, 15 ; marriages, 10 ; fimerals, 9. 



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St. Paul's Church, Troy, and Trinity Church, Lansinghurgh ; 
Rev. David Butler, Rector.*— 5^. Paul's Church, Troy. Baptisms, 
infants 41, adult 1 — 42 j marriages, 9; communicants, 84; 
funerals, 31. 

Trinity Church, Lansinghurgh. Baptisms, 9 ; communicants, 
21; funerals, 5. 

Church at Sandy Hill. Baptisms, infants 10, adults 2—12.] 

Brunswick. Baptisms, 12,- funerals, 10. 

Church at Stillwater and Waterford. Baptisms, 3.1 

Christ Church, Rye and White Plains ; Rev. Samuel Haskell, 
Rector. — Communicants, about 50 ; baptisms, 5 ; marriages, 14 ; 
deaths, 18. 

Grace Church, JVew York ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., 
Rector. — Baptisms, 30 ; marriages, 5 ; communicants, 140. 

Burials — There being no burial-ground attached to this church, 
these are registered in other churches, in the cemeteries of which 
the interments are made. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers ; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector. — 
Baptisms, adults 2, children 14 — 16 ; communicants, 50 ; mar- 
riages, 8. 

Nothing material has occured since the last report. 

St. George's Church, Flushing ; Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rec- 
tor. — Baptisms, 4 ; marriages, 7 ; funerals, 3 ; communicants, 38. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, containing St. George's 
Church, South Hempstead, and Christ Church, Jforth Hemp- 
stead; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector. — Baptisms, 21 ; marriages, 34; 
communicants, about 120 ; burials, 20. 

Parish of Trinity Church, containing Trinity Church, and 
St. Paul's, and St. John's Chapels, Mw York; Right Rev. 
Bishop Hobart, Assistant Rector. — Baptisms, 250 ; marriages, 
48 ; funerals, 495. 

The present Assistant Rector, since his entrance on office, has 
not been able to ascertain the precise number of communicants, 
which he intends to do before the next Convention. 

Christ Church, JVew York; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 48 ; marriages, 16 ; communicants, about 230. 

* This report was transmitted, Mr. Butler being absent. 



1813.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 263 

Christ Church, Hampton ; Rev. Stephen Jewett. — I have 
officiated in this parish one-half of my time for nearly two years ; 
during which time I have baptised, adults 7, children 37 — 44 ; 
funerals, in Hampton 12, in the adjoining towns 4 — 16 ; mar- 
riages, 3 ; present number of communicants, 35. 

" When I came into the town there were only eight communi- 
cants ; since which time three have died ; the whole gain in two 
years is thirty. Besides this nrnnber, who reside in this town, 
about as many more from the adjacent towns, principally in Ver- 
mont, are in the habit of regularly communing with us ; so that 
our whole number of communicants may be stated at sixty or 
sixty-five. 

"I found the parish very much in want of Prayer Books. 
They are still in want, though I have disposed of more than forty 
since I have been here. I found when I came to this place not 
any of the youth provided with Prayer Books. Many of them 
are now furnished, and with much pleasure I perceive not only in 
the aged, but in the youth, a growing attachment to our excellent 
Liturgy. 

" Prayer Books and religious tracts might be distributed here to 
great advantage." 

St. George^s Church, Schenectady j Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, 
Rector. — In this church there have been, since October, 1812, 
baptisms, adults 2, infants 53 — 55; marriages, 27; communi- 
cants, at present, 51 ; funerals, 15. 

I have performed Divine service one Sunday at Duanesburgh, 
and one at Waterford, the year past. The Holy Communion 
was administered at Waterford.] 

St. Andrew'' s Church, Orange county ; Rev. William Powell, 
officiating Minister. — Baptisms, 22 ; marriages, 4 ; communi- 
cants, 50 ; number of families, 30. 

St. James' Church, Goshen ; Rev. WilUam Powell, officiating 
Minister. — Baptisms, 8 ; communicants 6 ; number of families, 
about 26. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector. — 
Baptisms, adults 2, children 23 — 25 ; marriages, 10 ; communi- 
cants, 120 ; burials, including strangers, 26.1 

St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East 
Chester ; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector. — Baptisms, adults 
2, children 24 — 26 ; marriages, 5 ; communicants, about 60 ; 
deaths, 10. 



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St. James' Church, Jfewtown ; Rev. William E. Wyalt, 
officiating Minister. — Baptisms, 9 ; marriages, 7 ; communicants, 
34 j funerals, 2. 

St. Paul's Church, Charlton ; Rev. D. Huntington, officiating 
Minister. — Baptisms, 32; marriages, 11; communicants, since 
Easter, 1812, 50; deaths, 17; families, 50. 

Zion Church, J^ew York; Rev. Ralph Williston, Rector. — 
Baptisms, adults 3, children Q2 — 65 ; marriages, 69 ; communi- 
cants, 105; burials, adults 11, children 20 — 31. 

Trinity Church, Utica ; Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector. — 
Baptisms, adults 3, children 25 — 28 ; marriages, 5 ; communi- 
cants, 34 ; funerals, 12. 

St. Paul's Church, Paris ; Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector. — 
Baptisms, adults 9, children 20 — 29 ; communicants, 83. 

The church in Fairfield, Herkimer county, I relinquished in 
May last, in consequence of an arrangement having been made 
for the settlement of a clergyman in that place, who should be 
the principal of the Academy established there. A church in 
Madison county I relinquished soon after our last annual meeting. 
I have the last year preached several Sundays in Trenton, about 
ten miles north of Utica ; and in the evening of those Sundays 
when I have preached in the last mentioned place (which since 
Easter has been two-thirds of the time) I have preached at a glass- 
works, five miles from Utica. AMOS G. BALDWIN. 

St. Paul's Church, Ballston Spa, and St. James' Church, 
Milton ; Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector. — Baptisms, 40 ; marriages, 
8 ; increase of communicants, 2 ; funerals, including those of last 
year, 34. 

Grace Church, Jamaica ; Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, officiating 
Minister. — Baptisms, 7 ; marriages, 5 ; communicants, about 34 ; 
funerals, 5. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island ; Rev. David Moore, offi- 
ciating Minister. — Families, 312; marriages, 32 ; baptisms, 112; 
communicants, 251 ; funerals, 66. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; Rev. John Reed, Rector. — Bap- 
tisms, 30 ; marriages, 11 ; communicants, 80 ; families, about 90. 

St. George's Church, JYew York ; Rev. John Kewley, Rector. 
— Baptisms, adults 13, children 57 — 70 ; marriages, 20 ; com- 
municants, 165 ; funerals uncertain, not more than 10. 



1813.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 265 

St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale ; Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, 
officiating Minister. — Baptisms, adult 1, chikken 4 — 5 ; mar- 
riages, 2 ', commimicants in winter, 36, in summer, 57 ; bmials, 3. 

St. James' Church, Hyde Park; Rev. John M'Vickar, offi- 
ciating Minister.* — Baptisms, 7 ; communicants, 25 ; burials, 2. 



The Clergy were called on for an account of the collections 
made in their respective congregations for the Episcopal and Mis- 
sionary Funds, which account was accordingly rendered. 

The Bishop and the Committee appointed at the last annual 
Convention, on the subject of the increase of the Missionary Fund, 
made a report, recommending to the Convention the adoption of 
a canon. The canon was read, and adopted. 

A memorial was presented by Peter Williams (a coloured 
man), respecting the necessity of the coloured people of the Epis- 
copal Church in this city having the privilege of separating them- 
selves into a distinct congregation, and of having one of their 
own colour, to officiate among them, in Holy Orders, which was 
read. 

Whereupon, 

Resolved, That he have leave to withdraw his memorial, and 
that it be recommended to him to submit his application to the 
Right Rev. the Bishop, and the Standing Committee of the 
Church, agreeably to the course prescribed by the Canons. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Deputies to the 
General Convention : 

Rev. Dr. Wilkins, Rev. Dr. How, Rev. Mr. Cooper, Rev. Mr- 
Kewley ; Hon. Rufus King, Hon. P. S. Van Rensselaer, Dr. John 
Onderdonk, Mr. William Ogden. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Members of the 
Standing Committee : 

Rev. Dr. Bowden, Rev. Dr. Harris, Rev. Dr. Bowen, Rev. Mr. 
Lyell; Richard Harison, Esq., Gen. M. Clarkson, Dr. John 
Onderdonk, Mr. William Ogden. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Members of the 
Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating 

* This report was transmitted, Mr. M'Vickar being absent. 



266 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1813. 

the Gospel in the State of New York, the Bishop being a mem- 
ber ex-officio : 

Rev. Dr. Bowden, Rev. Dr. Bowen, Rev. Dr. Moore ; Mr. G. 
H. Van Wagenen, Mr. David M. Clarkson, Dr. John Onderdonk. 

The following report of the Treasurer of the Convention, 
stating the amount of the Episcopal Fund,* was read : 

" The Treasurer reports to this Convention, that he has at present out at 
interest, belonging to the Episcopal Fund, the sum of nine thousand nine hun- 
dred and forty-one dollars and seventy-eight cents ; and has now in his hands, 
ready to put out, five hundred and tifty-eight dollars and seventeen cents; 
making together ten thousand four hundred and ninety-nine dollars and ninety- 
five cents. « GERRIT H. VAN WAGENEN, 

" Treasurer to the Convention." 

The thanks of the Convention were returned to the Treasurer 
for the faithful discharge of the duties of his office. 

Mr. Gerrit H. Van Wagenen was re-elected, by ballot, the 
Treasurer of the Convention. 

The Convention adjourned. 

JOHN HENRY HOBART, D. D., 

Aasistant Bishop of the Prot. Epi»e. Church, in the Stale of New York. 

THOMAS LYELL, Secretary of the Convention. 



CANON 

For the Increase of the Missionary Fund: 
Adopted in this Convention, 1813. 

in order to increase the fund to be appropriated by the "Com- 
mittee for Propagating the Gospel" for the support of Mission- 
aries, a sermon shall be preached, and a collection made, on the 
evening of the day appointed for the annual meeting of the Con- 
vention : the preacher and the place of Divine service to be 
appointed by the Bishop ; who shall adopt such previous measures 
as he may judge expedient for exciting the attention of the 
Episcopal congregations to the importance of liberally contribut- 
ing to the support of Missionaries. It is also hereby ordered, 
that the usual missionary sermon and collection, required by the 
canon, shall take place in the congregations in the city of New 
York, on the first Sunday after the Epiphany ; and the sermon 
and collections in the congregations without the city of New 
York, in the month of September, as prescribed by the canon. 

* The Episcopal Fund, which is formed of the annual collections for the purpose 
m the congregations, is to be permitted to accumulate, without diminution, until 
the annual profits of the Fund become adequate to the support of a Bishop. 



TWENTY-NINTH CONVENTION. 



JOUHNAI. 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK, 

October 4th, and 5th, A. D. 18H. 



Hist of tlje ©lerjjs anO Slaj jEcUflates 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Assistant Bishop 
of the Protesta^nt Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle. 

The Rev. Virgil H. Barber, Principal of the Academy, and 
Minister of Trinity Church, Fairfield, Herkimer county. 

The Rev. William Berrian, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., Rector of Grace Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. John Brown, Deacon, Trinity Church, Fishkill. 

The Rev. John Brady, Assistant Minister of St. George's 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Flushing, Long Island. 

The Rev. Orin Clark, Rector of Trinity Church, Geneva, 
Ontario county. 



268 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1814. 

The Rev. Timothy Clovi^es, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany. 

The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yon- 
kers. 

The Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary, Albany and Greene 
counties. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. John M'Vickar, Rector of St. James' Church, Hyde 
Park. 

The Rev. William Harris, D. D., Rector of St. Mark's Church, 
Bowery, New York. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead, Long Island. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 

The Rev. John P. K. Henshaw, Deacon, St. Ann's Church, 
Brooklyn. 

The Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. David Huntington, Deacon, St. Paul's Church, 
Charlton. 

The Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Rector of St. James' Church, Ha- 
milton Square, and St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale. 

The Rev. Evan Malbone Johnson, Deacon, St. James' Church, 
Newtown, Long Island. 

The Rev. John Kewley, Rector of St. George's Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of the churches in Otsego 
county. 

The Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, Deacon, an Assistant Min- 
ister of Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens, 
and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill. 

The Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie. 

The Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Schenectady. 

The Rev. James Thompson, Missionary, Green and Delaware 
counties. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The Rev. Ralph Williston, Rector of Zion Church, New 
York. 

The Right Rev. Bishop Moore, of the Diocese of Virginia, was 
admitted to a seat in the Convention. 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 269 

The following Clergy, not regularly entitled to seats, were 
admitted to the sittings of the Convention : 

The Rev. David Moore, officiating at St. Andrew's Church, 
Staten Island. 

The Rev. William Smith, D. D., of the Church in Connecticut. 

The Rev. John Croes, of the Church in New Jersey. 

The Rev. WilUam Creighton, of New York. 

The Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, officiating in Grace Church, Ja- 
maica, Long Island. 

The Rev. Henry Moscrop, New York. 

The Rev. George Boyd, Deacon. 

The Rev. Charles Seabury, Caroline Church, Brookhaven, 
Long Island. 

The Rev. Eli Wheeler, North Hempstead, Long Island. 



LAY DELEGATES. 

Caroline Church, Brookhaven, Richard Smith. 

Christ Church, New York, George Dominick, Edward Hitch 
cock, T. S. Townsend, Israel Horsefield. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, Henry Davis. 

Christ Church, Rye and White Plains, John P. Delancey. 

Du St. Esprit, New York, John Pintard. 

Grace Church, Jamaica, John Skidmore. 

Grace Church, New York, Archibald Bruce, John Slidell. 

Grace Church, Waterford, John Vibbard, Henry Fanning. 

Harmony Church, Butternutts, John C. Morris. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, George Barnes, James 
Guion, Joseph Bedell. 

St. Andrew's Church, Orange county, Thomas Colden. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, William Grigg, John Cornell, 
James B. Clarke. 

St. George's Church, Flushing, James Bloodgood. 

St. George's Church, New York, Gerrit H. Van Wagenen 
Harry Peters, Isaac Carow. 

St. James' Church, Hamilton Square, New York, Peter Scher- 
merhorn. 

St. James' Church, Hyde Park, Samuel Bard, John Johnston. 

St. James' Church, Newtown, John Ebbitts, John Alsop. 

St. James' Church, North Salem, Jarvis. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers, Benjamin Fowler. 

St. Mark's Church, Bowery, William Ogden, Edward Lyde. 

St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, Valentine Nutter, Isaac 
Jones. 

St. Paul's Church, Troy, Stephen Warren. 



270 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1814. 

St. Peter's Church, Albany, James Daniel. 

St. Stephen's Church, New York, John Drake. 

Trinity Church, Fairfield, Andrew Bartow. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill, Greenleaf Street, Sylvanus Pine, 
James Wood. 

Trinity Church, New York, Richard Harison, David M. Clark- 
son, Robert Troup, Thomas L. Ogden. 

Zion Church, New York, Lazarus Beach. 



New York, October 4th, 1814. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of 
New York, and the city of New York having been appointed by 
the Bishop as the place of meeting, the Right Rev. Bishop 
Hobart, and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates, attended, 
at 10 o'clock A. M., in Trinity Church. 

Divine service was performed by the Rev. Mr. Nash, Rector 
of the churches in Otsego county ; and a sermon, suitable to the 
occasion, preached by the Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity 
Church, Athens, and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill ; after which 
George Boyd was admitted by the Bishop to the order of Deacons. 

Divine service being ended, the Convention assembled, and a 
list of the clergy being called over, agreeably to the second canon 
of 1803, the following Clergy answered to their names : 

The Rev. Virgil H. Barber, Principal of the Academy, and 
Minister of Trinity Church, Fairfield, Herkimer county ; Rev. 
William Berrian, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New 
York ; Rev. John Brown, Deacon, Trinity Church, Fishkill ; 
Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., Rector of Grace Church, New 
York ; Rev. John Brady, Assistant Minister of St. George's 
Church, New York ; Rev. David Butler, Rector of St Paul's 
Church, Troy ; Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's 
Church, Flushing ; Rev. Orin Clark, Rector of Trinity Church, 
Geneva, Ontario county ; Rev. Timothy Clowes, Rector of St. 
Peter's Church, Albany ; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's 
Church, Yonkers ; Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Stephen's 
Church, New York ; Rev. William Harris, D. D., Rector of St. 
Mark's Church, Bowery, New York , Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of 
St. George's Church, Hempstead ; Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector 
of Christ Church, Rye ; Rev. John P. K. Henshaw, Deacon, St 
Ann's Church, Brooklyn j Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., an 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 271 

Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. David 
Huntington, Deacon, St. Paul's Church, Charlton ; Rev. Samuel 
F. Jarvis, Rector of St. James' Church, Hamilton Square, and St. 
Michael's Church, Bloomingdale ; Rev. Evan Malbone Johnson, 
Deacon, St. James' Church, Newtown ; Rev. Daniel Nash, Rec- 
tor of the churches in Otsego county ; Rev. Benjamin T. Onder- 
donk. Deacon, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New 
York ; Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens, 
and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill ; Rev. John Reed, Rector of 
Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of 
St. George's Church, Schenectady ; Rev. James Thompson, Mis- 
sionary, Green and Delaware counties ; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, 
D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, West Chester, and St. Paul's 
Church, East Chester ; Rev. Ralph Williston, Rector of Zion 
Church, New York. 

The following Clergy, entitled to seats in the Convention, were 
absent : 

The Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Church, Utica ; 
Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector of St. James' Church, Milton ; Rev. 
William B. Lacey, Missionary ; Rev. Adam Empie, West Point ; 
Rev. William A. Clark, Missionary ; Rev. Mr. Welton, Mis- 
sionary, Ontario county ; Rev. Dr. Bowden, Professor of Moral 
Philosophy, &c., in Columbia College. 

The Lay Delegates exhibited certificates of their appointment, 
and the following Delegates took their seats : 

From St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, George Barnes, 
James Guion, Joseph Bedell ; St. Andrew's Church, Orange 
county, Thomas Colden ; St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, William 
Grigg, John Cornell, J. B. Clarke ; Christ Church, Poughkeep- 
sie, Henry Davis ; Christ Church, New York, George Dominick, 
Edward Hitchcock, T. S. Townsend, Israel Horsefield ; Du St. 
Esprit, New York, John Pintard ; St. James' Church, Hamilton 
Square, Peter Schermerhorn ; St. James' Church, North Salem, 

Jarvis ; Grace Church, New York, Archibald Bruce, John 

Slidell ; Grace Church, Jamaica, John Skidmore ; Grace Church, 
Waterford, John Vibbard, Henry Fanning ; St. John's Church, 
Yonkers, Benjamin Fowler; St. George's Church, New York, 
Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, Harry Peters, Isaac Carow ; St. James' 
Church, Newtown, John Ebbitts, John Alsop ; St. James' Church, 
Hyde Park, Samuel Bard, John Johnston ; St. Mark's Church, 
Bowery, New York, WiUiam Ogden, Edward Lyde ; St. Stephen's 
Church, New York, John Drake ; Harmony Church, Buttemutts, 
John C. Morris J St. Peter's Church, Albany, James Daniel j 



•272 JOURNALS OF THE COXVENTIONS [1814, 

Trinity Church, New York, Richard Harison, David M. Clark- 
son, Robert Troup, Thomas L. Ogden; Trinity Church. Fishkill, 
Greenleaf Street, Sylvanus Pine, James Wood ; Caroline Church, 
Brookhaven, Richard Smith ; Zion Church, New York, Lazarus 
Beach. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell was elected Secretar}- of the Conven- 
tion. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the Right Rev. Bishop Moore, of the Diocese 
of Virginia, be invited to a seat in this Convention. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the ministers of this Church, not regularly 
entitled to seats, be admitted to the sittings of the Convention. 

On motion, 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of this Convention be 
returned to the Rev. Joseph Prentiss for his sermon preached 
before them this day, and that he be requested to furnish a copy 
for pubhcation. 

The Rev. Mr. Henshaw obtained leave of absence. 

The Convention adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morn- 
ing. 

Wednesday Morning, October 5th, 1814. 

The Convention met, and Di^-ine ser^nce was celebrated by the 
Rev. Mr. Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy. 

Certificates of the appointment of Lay Delegates from St. 
Paul's Church, Troy ; Parish of Rye and White Plains ; St, 
George's, Flushing ; Trinity- Church, Fairfield ; and St. Michael's, 
Bloomingdale, were read and approved, and the following gentle- 
men took tkeir seats : 

From St. Paul's Church, Troy, Stephen Warren ; from the 
Parish of Rye and White Plains, John P. Delancey ; from St. 
George's, Flushing, James Bloodgood ; from Trinity Church, 
Fairfield, Andrew Bartow ; and from St. Michael's Church, 
Bloomingdale, Valentine Nutter, and Isaac Jones. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle, appeared, and took his seat 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 273 

The Rev. John Kewley, M.D., Rector of St. George's Church, 
New York, appeared, and took his seat. 

Agreeabjy to the resokition passed yesterday, in relation to 
ministers not regularly entitled to seats, the Rev. David Moore, 
officiating at St. Andrew's Church,' Staten Island; the Rev. John 
Croes, of the Church in New Jersey; the Rev. Dr. William 
Smith, of the Church in Connecticut ; and the Rev. Mr. Creighton, 
of New York, took their seats. 

Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, " pro- 
viding for an accurate view of the state of the Church from time 
to time," the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart delivered the following 
address : 

MV CLERICAL AND LAY BRETHREN, 

In calling your attention to the aSaiis of this Diocese, since the last meetinj 
of the Convention, it is proper thai I should notice, as having an important 
relation to them, the late meeting of the General Convention of our Church. 
It is not my design to present to you a detail of their proceedings; which will 
be found in their printed journals. The view of the state of the Church pre- 
sented to the House of Bishops by the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, 
affords cause of regret, that our Church, from peculiar circumstances, is greatly 
depressed in many places where, in former days, she flourished ; while macv 
facts are stated highly flattering and encouraging, as it respects her increasing 
prosperit}- in many parts of the Union, and her ceyival in others. 

On this view of the state of the Church was founded a pastoral letter of the 
House of Bishops ; for which, as well as the letters issued at preceding meet- 
ings of the Convention, that House is indebted to its venerable presiding 
Bishop. This pastoral letter contains such spiritual counsel as the situation 
of the Church seemed to require ; and will, I trust, evidence the solicitude of 
the Bishops, in their capacity as the spiritual guardians of the Church, to 
promote the diffusion of evangelical piety, as professed in her Articles and 
LitiiTgy; and, at the same time, to guard against all methods of effecting this 
desirable end, which are not agreeable to the spirit of her apostolic and primi- 
tive institutions, and which uniform experience proves is ultimately injurious 
to those sacred interests which it is the professed ciim of those who may be 
inclined to these irregularities to advance. 

While a review of this instrument, and of the proceedings of the late Con- 
vention generally, will indicate the solicitude of that body for the revival and 
prfservation of evangelical doctruie in our Church, there are some acts which 
more particularly respect the correctness of her discipline, and the decency of 
her worship. On this subject there has long appeared in many congregations 
an inconsistency in the minister.^ and people sitting during the acts of praise 
and adoration in the Psalms in metre, while in the Psalms usually styled the 
reading Psalms, the appropriate and comely posture of standing has been 



274 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1814. 

always practised. It is certainly desirable to introduce this posture in both 
cases, particularly as some ministers and congregations having already adopted 
it, a diversity of custom prevails destructive of that uniformity in v\?orship 
which is one of the beautiful characteristics of our Church. On this subject 
there is a recommendation of the General Convention, in regard to which I 
have delayed taking any measures until I had this opportunity of calling the 
attention of my brethren of the Clergy generally to it. 

It is proper also that on the subject of the proceedings of the General Con- 
vention I should remark, that the opposition from the deputation of the Church 
in New York to the establishment of a general Theological Seminary, by an 
act oftlmt body, did not arise from disaffection to a measure of vital importance 
to the Church, but from an opinion that the same object could be accomplished 
on the most correct and enlarged principles and views, by private concert and 
co-operation among the influential friends of the Church in various parts of 
the Union, without encountering many difficulties to which the measure would 
be liable if taken up under present circumstances by the General Convention. 
At the next meeting of that body they will doubtless be in possession of such 
facts as will enable them to come to a decision on this important subject. 

Another event which took place at the last General Convention it is proper 
I should notice, the consecration of the Rev. Dr. Richard C. Moore, late Rector 
of St. Stephen's Church in this city, to the oflice of Bishop, having been elected 
thereto by the Convention of the Church in Virginia; in consequence of which 
he removes from this Diocese. And I received great pleasure in being recently 
associated with him and the venerable Bishop of the Church in Pennsylvania, 
in consecrating to the office of Bishop the Rev. Dr. Kemp, of Maryland, to act 
as Suffragan Bishop of the Church in that State, to which he had been elected 
by the Convention thereof. 

The Rev. Bethel Judd, who had been elected Principal of the Academy at 
Fairfield, Herkimer county, has returned to the Diocese of Connecticut ; and 
the Rev. William E. Wyatt has removed from St. James' Church, Newtown, 
to St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore. . 

Since the last Convention the Rev. Virgil H. Barber has removed from the 
Diocese of Connecticut to the charge of the Academy and the Church in Fair- 
field, Herkimer county; the Rev. Daniel M'Donald, from the same Diocese, to 
St. Peter's Church, Auburn ; the Rev. Russel Wheeler, from the same Dio- 
cese, to Unadilla, Otsego county, where, and in the neighbouring country, he 
acts as a Missionary ; the Rev. Charles Seabury, from the same Diocese, to 
Caroline Church, Brookhaven; the Rev. Parker Adams, from Vermont, to 
Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, and Grace Church, Waterford ; the Rev. John 
p. K. Henshaw, Deacon, from Massachusetts, to St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; 
the Rev. Adam Empie, from North Carolina, to West Point ; and the Rev. 
Evan Malbone Johnson, Deacon, from the Diocese of Connecticut, who ofii- 
ciated for some time in Grace Church, New York, has lately removed to St. 
James' Church, Newtown. The Rev. John M'Vickar has been instituted to 
the Rectorship of St. Jamea' Church, Hyde Park ; the Rev. Henry J. Feltus, 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 275 

to the Rectorship of St. Stephen's Church, New York; and the Rev. Samuel 
F. Jarvis, to the Rectorship of St. James' Church, Hamilton Square; the Rev 
Benjamin T. Onderdonk, Deacon, has been elected an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. During the same period, William B. Lacey, Harry 
Croswell, John Brown, William Creighton, George Boyd, of this Diocese; and 
Alpheus Geer, Eli Wheeler, Alanson W. Welton, of the Diocese of Connecti- 
cut, have been admitted to the holy order of Deacons. The two last named 
gentlemen immediately removed into this Diocese ; the former to North Hemp- 
stead, and the latter to the Western Disti-ict, where he acts as a Missionary; 
and William Creighton officiates as an Assistant in Grace Church. 

Timothy Clowes and James Thompson, Deacons, have been admitted to the 
holy order of Priests; and the former clergyman has been instituted to the 
Rectorship of St. Peter's Church, Albany. 

At the request of the Standing Committee of New Jersey, I visited the 
church at Perth Amboy, and admitted George Morehouse to the order of 
Deacons. 

There are at present fourteen candidates for Holy Orders in this Diocese. 

My attendance at the General Convention, and at the subsequent consecra- 
tion of Bishop Kemp, has prevented me from extending my visits through the 
Diocese during the last season, as far as I had proposed. 

The holy rite of Confirmation was administered, however, during the last 
winter, in St. Stephen's Church, New York; Caroline Church, Setauket; St. 
John's Church, Islip; St. George's Church, Hempstead; and Christ Church, 
North Hempstead ; and, in the course of the spring and summer, at St. Ann's 
Church, Brooklyn; St. Mark's Church, in the Bowery; Grace Church, 
Jamaica; St. Peter's Church, West Chester; St. John's Church, Yonkers; 
St Andrew's Church, Staten Island ; St. James' Church, Hyde Park ; St. 
Matthew's Church, Unadilla; Trinity Church, Athens; St. Michael's Church, 
Bloomingdale ; St. James' Church, Hamilton Square. At these administra- 
tions above 800 persons received Confirmation. 

I derived high gratification, particularly on some of these occasions, from 
perceiving the great advantages of this apostolic rite, considered even in the 
more subordinate view of affording the minister of every congregation a most 
favourable opportunity-, which fidelity to his charge calls on him to embrace, 
of impressing upon his people generally, and especially upon the young, the 
concerns of their salvation, and the obligations and privileges of that holy 
covenant into w^hich they were admitted by Baptism. In St. Andrew's Church, 
Staten Island, 140 persons received Confirmation. In St. John's Church, 
Yonkers, I beheld the interesting spectacle of near 80 young people, appa- 
rently between the ages of 14 and 20, coming forward to renew their baptismal 
vows, and to devote themselves to their God and Saviour ; and I perceived in 
their attendance, and in the devotion and seriousness which they manifested, 
the blessijig which had followed the labours of their respectable Rector, who, 
for several weeks previous to the administration of this rite, had been occupied 
in visiting every family of an extensive parish, with the view of addressing 

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them on the nature and obligation of this sacred ordinance, and of preparing 
them for it. The congregation of St. James', Hyde Park, which originally 
consisted of a few .select families, has been greatly increased in number, by 
the assiduous labours of its rector, who has been particularly attentive to 
catechetical instruction, not merely in the Church, but in his parochial visits 
to the families and the schools in his parish. The same methods I am con- 
fident have been pursued in other instances, which could be enumerated ; and 
they are an evidence of the blessing which will attend the regular and faithful 
labours of a minister. 

I have consecrated St. Matthew's Church, Unadilla, and Trinity Church, 
Athens. The former place, pleasantly situated on the banks of the Susque- 
hanna, but little more than 20 years since was a wilderness. The building 
erected for worship is neat and commodious ; and there is now every appear- 
ance of a flourishing congregation. Under God, this flattering prospect is 
owing to a few individuals, who, though from the scarcity of clergymen of 
our Church, they but rarely enjoyed her ministrations, persevered in their 
attachment to her, and in their exertions, finally successful, for her establish- 
mei^t among them. 

The church at Athens, particularly in its interior, is finished in a style of 
great neatness, convenience, and elegance ; and is exceedingly well adapted 
ior the impressive performance of the various offices appropriate to the read- 
ing-desk, the pulpit, and the chancel. A new church at Manlius Square, 
Onondaga county, is in readiness for consecration ; one at Rensselaerville in a 
considerable state of forwardness; and one is erecting principally, I am inform- 
ed, at the expense of a very few individuals, in a recently organized congrega- 
tion, at New Berlin, Chenango county. A congregation has been lately incor- 
porated at Oxford, in the same county ; and in other places there is a prospect 
of our Church being established. 

In the discharge of their arduous duties, the missionaries, I have every reason 
to believe, from their official communications to me, and from my own observ- 
ation, are exceedingly zealous and faithful ; and they enjoy the gratification of 
witnessing the success of their labours in the increasing attachment to the 
Church, of the people among whom they minister, and in the revival of the 
spirit of piety. Too much value cannot be placed on missionary services ; 
and there is no object of more importance to the general interests of religion, 
and to the prosperity of our Church, and no duty more strongly demanded by 
the spirit and the precepts of the Gospel, than the encouragement of missionary 
labours. We have still to lament that the Missionary Fund is not adequate 
to the employment of a sufficient number of missionaries, or to the adequate 
remuneration of those whose services are exerted with so much zeal and so 
many sacrifices. I must, therefore, continue to impress upon the Clergy, the 
duty of attending to the annual collections for missionary purposes, prescribed 
by the canon, and of endeavouring to call forth, on these occasions, the libe- 
rality of their congregations. Several clergymen, settled in stated parishes, 
have, as opportunity offered, performed the duties of missionaries, by organiz- 



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ing and visiting new congregations ; and among them none have been more 
successful than the Rev. Daniel Nash, of Otsego county. 

But, my Clerical and Lay Brethren, I should enjoy little satisfaction in con- 
gratulating you on the increasing attachment to the distinctive principles of our 
Church, and veneration for her institutions, if I could not also congratulate 
you on the increase of that evangelical piety which these principles and insti- 
tutions, when faithfully observed and practised, are calculated to produce. 
He indeed must entertain very inferior and erroneous notions of the nature and 
design of the ordinances of the Church, and of the high objects of the ministe- 
rial calling, who does not extend their influence to the excitement and pre- 
servation of the power of godliness; of that vital and productive faith which, 
through the agency of the divine Spirit, renewing the soul, and conforming 
the life to the holy standard of Christian morals, can alone authorize the 
elevated hope, that we are the subjects of God's favour, and in a state of pre- 
paration for His kingdom of glory. 

That your ministi-ations, my Clerical Brethren, may produce these exalted 
effects in the present holiness and eternal salvation of the people committed to 
your charge, is, I am confident, the subject of your earnest solicitude and con- 
stant prayers. To endeavour to produce these effects by any other means 
than those which our Church authorizes, and which the piety and wisdom of 
ages have sanctioned, would be a departure from the most solemn obligations 
of duty, and would not ultimately produce that fervent, and, at the same time, 
that humble, that unassuming, that con.sistent, that pennanent piety, equally 
remote from the extremes of lukewarmness and enthusiasm, which alone the 
real friend to our Church, and to the substantial interests of religion, would 
wish to see prevail. 

It is cause both of gratitude and of boast, that what are considered by some 
tiie dull round of Church observances, in the hands of a faithful and zealous 
minister, prove, by the blessing of God, effectual in converting sinners, and in 
establishing believers in the holy faith of the Gospel. I could point to districts 
in which, since the period of little more than twenty years, the praises of 
those who have experienced the power and the consolations of redeeming 
mercy, have cheered the wilderness and the solitary place. I could point there 
to many whom the truth, as it is in Jesus, has made free from the bondage of 
sin, and His grace adorned with the Christian virtues. And these blessed 
effects have been produced by the regular and faithful use of the forms of our 
Church, (God by His Spirit accompanying them,) and of these forms only. I 
have seen the minister of our Church, faithful to those vows which he made 
at her altar, when he devoted himself to the service of his divine Master, with 
holy ardour offering the prescribed service of the sanctuary ; and in the family, 
and the private circle, animating and exalting their devotions by the fervent 
language of the Liturgy. I have seen him training up the lambs of his fold, 
by instructing them in the simple and evangelical formularies which the 
Church has provided. I have seen him teaching from house to house ; and 
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orimances, but in the exercises of pious reading and meditation, and of secret 
and constant prayer. To these important parochial labours I have seen him 
add fidelity, affection, and fervour in preaching the sacred word. In times of 
more than usual seriousness, and more than common attention to Divine things, 
he has increased his attention to these private and public meauis of giace. 
And they have been blessed in the revival of a spirit of piety, congenial with 
the scriptural and apostolic doctrines and ordinances of the Church, and which, 
therefore, we may trust would not have disgraced her purest days. 

My Reverend Brethren, such means of grace, and such only do I exhort 
you, and pray that I may not be unmindful of the force of the exhortation as it 
respects myself, to continue with diligence and fidelity to employ. And these 
means, my Brethren of the Laity, it is my duty to impress upon you, if they 
do not prove to you the "savour of life," will certainly prove to you, in the 
strong language of an inspired apostle, " the savour of death." May we all 
then, Clergy and Laity, in our respective stations, so adorn the doctrine of 
God our Saviour in all things, that we may bring honour to His name and to 
His holy Church, and finally save our own souls. 

JOHN HENRY HOBART. 
New York, October 5, 1814. 

The Right Rev. Bishop Hobart, from the Committee for Pro- 
pagating the Gospel in the State of New York, reported, 

That the following missionaries are at present employed in 
this Diocese : — The Rev. Samuel Fuller, in Albany and Greene 
counties ; the Rev. AYilliam A. Clark, Onondaga county, and 
parts adjacent ; the Rev. James Thompson, principally in Greene 
and Delaware counties ; the Rev. Wilhaiu B. Lacey, principally 
in Chenango and Broome counties ; the Rev. Russel WTieeler, 
Unadilla, and parts adjacent ; the Rev. Alanson W. Welton, 
principally in Ontario count)-. 

There can be no doubt that the services of the missionaries 
have been faithful, and, by the blessing of God, eminently useful. 
Their number is not adequate to the wants of the congregations, 
and of the Episcopalians scattered throughout various parts of the 
State. These look for those ministrations of our Chmxh, which 
from education and from principle they revere, almost solely, to 
the missionaries whom the benevolence of their more wealthy 
brethren sends among them. 



The Bishop stated to the Convention the substance of the re- 
port of the missionaries made to him as follows : 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, for the year past, has divided his 
time as usual betwixt Rensselaerville and Durham ; except two 
Sundays at Stamford, two at |\Vindham, one at Greenville, and 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 279 

one at Athens and Cattskill, by exchange. He has also officiated, 
on week days, besides, at Rensselaerville, and Durham, at Green- 
ville, and Windham, and once at Lexington, and once at Catts- 
kill. 

Baptisms: Rensselaerville, children, 11; Durham, children, 8 ; 
Greenville, adults 2, children 3 — 5 ; Stamford, children, 4 ; — 28. 

The foimdation-stone of the church in Rensselaerville was laid 
August 1st ; and the same week the building, which is of wood, 
was raised. It is now nearly enclosed ; and, by contract is to be 
finished in about one year from this time. The Holy Communion 
of the Lord's Supper has been duly administered in the places 
where he has officiated ; and the worship of the Church has been 
attended with order and propriety. He made the Missionary 
collection. 

The Rev. William A. Clark, in his letter to the Bishop, re- 
ports, that for the year past he has confined his labours, as he 
was authorized, principally to the village of Manlius, and its 
vicinity, and that the growth of the Church in this place has ex- 
ceeded his expectations. 

Christ Church, Manlius. Communicants, 40 ; baptisms, in- 
fants 19, adults 5 — 24; deaths, 11; marriages, 2. 

One Sunday he has performed Divine service in Auburn, and 
once by exchange in Geneva. In different parts of Pompey on 
six Sundays he has given a third ser\-ice, after performing service 
morning and evening in the village. Twice also at Jamesville, 
and twice in Cazenovia, and once in Eagle Village. Also at the 
funerals which he has been called to attend he has most commonly 
preached. The remainder of his time has been employed \nth 
the church and people of Manlius. When not called to perform 
a third service, he has almost invariably, on Sundays, catechised 
the children. 

The building, which was begun in 1813, was finished early in 
the present year, and now only waits consecration. 

The Rev. James Thompson, in his letter to the Bishop, reports, 
that he has performed Divine service at Stamford, twenty Sun- 
days, at Windham eleven Sundays, at Greenville ten Sundays, at 
Harpersfield three Sundays, at Unadilla one Sunday, at Chenango 
Point one Sunday, at Durham one Sunday, one Sunday at Una- 
dilla, at the consecration of the church. There have been but 
two Sundays in which he has not performed Divine service, since 
he retm-ned home in October, 1813, once by reason of sickness, 
and once by reason of rain. 

Commuriicants : Windham, 23 ; Greenville, 26 ; Stamford and 
Harpersfield, 32;— 81. 



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Seven communicants have been added at Greenville, five at 
Stamford, and three at Windham, the year past. The congrega- 
tion at Greenville is the remnant of Christ Church, Coxsackie. 
The flock has been scattered for want of a pastor to feed them. 
There have been some additions to this congregation the year 
past, and an increase of vital piety ; numbers here attended wor- 
ship, who were before unacquainted Avith the service of the 
Church. The congregation at Harpersfield is not yet organized, 
but probably will be soon; when there is not Divine service 
there, the people attend Church at Stamford. He preached lec- 
tures in the congregation several times this year, nineteen lectures 
at Stamford and Harpersfield, two at Greenville, two at Wind- 
ham, and six at Durham. He states to the Bishop, that accord- 
ing to direction, he visited the congregations at Unadilla, Windsor, 
Chenango Point, and Franklin, and was absent four weeks and 
four days ; during which time he performed Divine service thirty- 
three times. In some of those places the congregations attended 
public worship several days together. There appeared to be a 
great solicitude to hear the Gospel preached, and a holy desire 
for the Divine ordinances. He remarks, that piety, and a zealous 
attachment to the Church, are increasing in the Episcopal con- 
gregations which he visited. He states, that he has visited great 
numbers of families in the course of the year, and instructed them 
in Gospel doctrines, and explained to them the Liturgy ard Arti- 
cles of Religion of our Church, and has catechised many children 
at Greenville, Durham, Stamford, and Harpersfield ; several 
Common Prayer Books have been distributed, and about 40 have 
been purchased by the different congregations, and they are now 
so far supplied, that the service is performed with decency and 
fervour of devotion. The Companion to the Prayer Book, and 
other religious tracts which he distributed, have been useful to the 
congregations ; but many Prayer Books are still wanting. 

He states, that the congregation at Stamford are finishing their 
church ; and observes that there is an awakened zeal in this 
congregation. He has baptised twenty infants, and attended 
four funerals ; he preached the Missionary and Episcopal sermons, 
and made the Episcopal and Missionary collections. 

The Rev. William B. Lacey reports to the Bishop, that since 
the 7th of October, 1813, (the time he received Deacons' orders,) 
he has performed Divine service twenty-six Sundays in St. Paul's 
Church, Paris ; two Sundays in Trinity Church, Utica, during the 
absence of the Rev. Mr. Baldwin, last autumn ; nine Sundays in 
Christ Church, Eaton ; two Sundays in Waterville, county of 
Oneida ; two Sundays in St. Luke's Church, Windsor ; eight 
Sundays in St. Luke's Church, Richfield; one Sunday in St. 



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John's Church, Otsego ; and, besides, has given, at different 
places, seventy-seven lectures ; attended twelve funerals, and 
performed thirty-one baptisms ; nine at St. Paul's Church, Paris ; 
seven at Christ Church, Eaton ; eight at St. Paul's Church, Ox- 
ford ; and seven at St. Luke's Church, Windsor. 

In the counties of Chenango and Broome, where he has per- 
formed Missionary services, prospects are highly auspicious. 

The Rev. Russel Wheeler reports to the Bishop, that he enter- 
ed on his services in the village of Unadilla, the first of May, and 
humbly hopes that his labours have been in some measure instru- 
mental in quickening and strengthening the people, and advanc- 
ing the interests of the Church. The congregation is increasing, 
and the people generally are brought to prize the Church and her 
sacraments more than they ever have done before. 

June 22, 1814, visited the village of New Berhn, Chenango 
county, in company with the Rev. Mr. Nash. He spent one day 
with the people, and preached to a very respectable congregation. 
The Church-people, he observes, appear to be filled with joy and 
gratitude in hearing the glad tidings of the Gospel, and in having 
the doctrines of their faith elucidated and explained. 

They were organized into a church by the Rev. Mr. Nash ; 
and, while he was there, laid the foundation of a handsome build- 

July 1, 1814, he visited the town of Franklin, Delaware county ; 
in which place he found a considerable number of Episcopal 
families, and of high respectability. He performed Divine service 
twice, and spent some time in conversation. 

There is a flattering prospect of increase to the Church in this 
place. 

September 24th, 1814, he visited the congregation at the 
Ochquaga Hills. The Church-people here, he observes, are truly 
animated and alive. The services which have been received from 
the missionaries of the Church, are not in vain ; the congregation 
is increasing ; he never found so much attention to religion 
among any people : and he never saw the service of the Church, 
and the word preached, have a more percetible effect on the 
heart. 

Mr. W^heeler has devoted the rest of his time to the congrega- 
tions at the Unadilla and at Butternutts. 

The Rev. Alanson W. Welton, from Geneva, under date of 
Sept. 19, writes to the Bishop, that agreeably to his directions, 
he repaired to this part of the diocese, as soon as circumstances 
would permit after his ordination, in May last. He found the 
congregations much in want of the services of a clergyman. He 



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has performed Divine service three Sundays at Honeyoye, three 
at Victor, (formerly Bloomfield,) two at Clifton Springs, two at 
Pulteneyville, one at Sheldon, and one at Catharine. He has 
exchanged with the Rev. 0. Clark three times, who has officiated 
for him at Honeyoye, Victor, and Chfton Springs. Besides offi- 
ciating on Sundays, he has officiated on week days, and given 
several lectures in the different places. Baptisms, 12. 

He has performed Divine service in no place where the con- 
gregation does not appear to be in a tolerably flourishing con- 
dition. Considerable additions are making, and are likely to be 
made, to several of them. At Honeyoye a church, on a hand- 
some plan, has been erected the summer past, and is now fast 
completing : at Victor they are collecting materials, out of 
which they calculate to erect one at the opening of spring. 
Everywhere a zeal and love for the Church seem to be increas- 
ing, and the congregations appear disposed to do every thing in 
their power for its support. At several places, where there are 
now none, congregations might be formed, if there were two or 
three more missionaries. 

Of the labour and fatigue he is obliged to undergo in visiting 
so many societies, scattered over so large a tract of country, he 
observes, that he does not complain. But it is much to be fear- 
ed, that unless Divine service can be performed in each of the 
congregations more frequently than it hitherto has been, the peo- 
ple will soon grow cold and indifferent to it, and will be in danger 
of being drawn away from the Church. 



The Clergy who were absent at the last Convention were 
called on for the reasons of their absence, agreeably to the canon 
enjoining their attendance, which reasons were accepted. 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Clergy and Lay 
readers of the Church in this State, to read to the congregations, 
the pastoral address of the House of Bishops, and the address of 
the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart to this Convention, at such time 
as they shall deem proper. 

A certificate of the incorporation of St. Paul's Church, Oxford, 
was read and approved, and the same was received into union 
with this Church. 

The Clergy were called on for theh parochial reports, required 
by the 45th canon of the General Convention, which were pre- 
sented and read, and, as required by the said canon, inserted on 
the Journals. 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 283 

St. Peter^s Church, West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East 
Chester; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector. — Baptisms, 11; 
marriages, 4 ; funerals, 10. 

St. Peter's Church, Mbany ; Rev. Timothy Clowes, Rector. — 
Baptisms, adults 7, infants 89 — 96 ; marriages, 20 ; communi- 
cants, about 120. 

Parish of Rye and White Plains ; Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rec- 
tor. — Marriages, 13; baptisms, 18; funerals, 13; communicants, 
between 50 and 60. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island ; Rev. David Moore, 
Rector. — Families, 320 ; funerals, 41 ; marriages, 12 ; baptisms, 
52 ; communicants, 259. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev. J. P. K. Henshaw, Dea- 
con, officiating Minister. 

On the 15th of June, a. d. 1814, the Rev. Mr. Feltus resigned 
the charge of this parish ; at which time there were communi- 
cants, 123. Baptisms, recorded since the last Convention, 24 ; 
marriages, 7. On the 9th of July he was elected Rector of St. 
Ann's Church, since which time there have been baptisms, 8 ; 
communicants added, 1; funerals, 3. 

St. Paul's Church, Charlton ; Rev. David Huntington, Dea- 
con, officiating Minister. — Baptisms, adults 6, infants 20 — 26 ; 
marriages, 4 ; deaths, 3 ; communicants, 30 ; families, 50. 

Two Sundays he performed Divine service in the vacant church 
at Stillwater, and once in that at Duanesburgh. 

Trinity Church, Geneva ; Rev. Orin Clark, Rector. — Bap- 
tisms — infants, 15 ; communicants, 25 ; funerals, 5. 

St. Paul's Church, Troy, and Trinity Church, Lansingburgh ; 
Rev. David Butler, Rector. — St. Paul's Church, Troy. Bap- 
tisms, adults 11, infants 28 — 39; marriages, 23 ; funerals, 12; 
communicants, 86. 

Trinity Church, Lansingburgh. Baptisms, adult 1, infants 
6 — 1 ; funeral, 1. 

Grace Church, Waterford. Baptisms, adult 1, infants 3 — 4; 
funeral, 1. 

Sandy Hill. Baptisms — children, 3. 



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St. Andrew's Church, Orange county ;* Rev. William Powell, 
officiating Minister. — Baptisms, 12; communicants, 48; marri- 
ages, 3 ; funerals, 9. 

St. James' Church, Goshen ; Rev. William Powell, officiating 
Minister. — Baptisms, 10 ; communicants, 8 ; marriages, 3 ; fune- 
rals, 3. 

St. James'' Church, JVewtoum, Long Island j Rev. E. M. John- 
son, Deacon, officiating Minister. — Marriages, 6 ; funerals, 2 ; 
baptisms, 4 ; communicants, 24. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers ; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector. — 
Baptisms, adults 16, children 26 — 42 ; conmiunicants, 54 ; mar- 
riages, 8 ; funerals, 4. 

St. James' Chiirch, Hyde Park ; Rev. John M' Vickar, Rec- 
tor. — Baptisms, adults 3, children 17 — 20 ; funerals, 3 ; com- 
municants, 34. 

Trinity Church, JYew Rochelle ; Rev. Theodosius Bartow, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 5, infants 6 — 11; marriages, 10; 
funerals, 7 ; communicants, 20. 

Trinity Church, Athens, and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill ; 
Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector. — Baptisms, 78 ; funerals, 16 : 
marriages, 18 ; communicants, 60. 

Parish of Trinity Church, containing Trinity Church, and St. 
Paul's, and St. John's Chapels, JYew York ; Right Rev. John 
Henry Hobart, D. D., Assistant Rector. — Baptisms, 139 ; mar- 
riages, 42; funerals, 431; communicants, about 700.t 

Trinity Church, Fairfield ; Rev. V. H. Barber, Rector. — Bap- 
tisms, 2 ; marriage, 1 ; burial, 1 ; communicants, 27. 

St. George's Church, Schenectady ; Rev. Cyrus Stebblns, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 2, children 62 — 64 ; marriages, 29 ; 
funerals, 2 ; communicants, 60. 

Christ Church, JYew York ; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 76 ; marriages, 40 ; communicants, 240. 

* This report was transmitted. 

t The separation of St. George's Chr.pel, and the establismcnt of new congrega- 
tions in the city, have diminished the number of communicants in this parish. 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 285 

St. George's Church, Flushing ; Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rec- 
tor. — Bapisms, 5 ; marriages, 5 ; burials, 7 ; communicants, 45. 

St. George's Church, JYew York ; Rev. John Kewley, Rec- 
tor. — Marriages, 13 j baptisms, 33 ; funerals, 10. 

iS^^. George's Parish, Hempstead ; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector. — 
Marriages, 28 ; baptisms, 27 ; burials, 18 ; communicants, 130. 

Grace Church, Jamaica ; Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, officiating 
Minister. — Baptisms, 17 ; marriages, 4 ; funerals, 9 ; communi- 
cants, 36. 

Grace Church, JVew York ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., 
Rector. — Marriages, 11; baptisms, 26 ; communicants, 140. 



The Clergy were called on for an account of the collections 
made in their respective congregations for the Episcopal and 
Missionary Funds, which account was accordingly rendered. 

In addition to the Clergy previously mentioned on the Journnls, 
the following Clergy, not entitled to seats, were admitted to the 
sittings of the Convention : 

Henry Moscrop, of New York ; George Boyd, Deacon ; Charles 
Seabury, of Brookhaven ; Eli Wheeler, of North Hempstead. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot. Deputies to the 
General Convention : 

Rev. Dr. Wilkins, Rev. Dr. How, Rev. Mr. Cooper, Rev. Dr. 
Kewley ; Hon. Rufus King, Hon. P. S. Van Rensselaer, Dr. John 
Onderdonk, Mr. William Ogden. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Members of the 
Standing Committee : 

Rev. Dr. Bowden, Rev. Dr. Harris, Rev. Dr. Bowen, Rev. Mr. 
Lyell ; Richard Harison, Esq., Gen. M. Clarkson, Robert Troup, 
Esq., Mr. William Ogden. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Members of the 
Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating 



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the Gospel in the State of New York, the Bishop being a member 

ex'officio : 

■ Rev. Dr. Bowden, Rev. Dr. Bowen, Rev. Mr. Williston ; Mr. 

G. H. Van Wagenen, Mr. David M. Clarkson, Dr. John Onder- 

donk. 

The following report of the Treasurer of the Convention, stating 
the amount of the Episcopal Fund/ was read : 

" The Treasurer of this Convention respectfully submits the 
following report, viz. : 

" That he has at present out at interest, secured by bond and 
mortgage, belonging to the Episcopal Fund in the State of New 
York, the sum of ten thousand nine hundred dollars and eighty- 
four cents ; and that there is outstanding for interest not yet col- 
lected, three hundred and thirty -two dollars and fifty cents ; and 
cash remaining in his hands, two hundred and two dollars and 
one cent ; making together eleven thousand four hundred and 
thirty-five dollars and thirty-five cents. 

" GERRIT H. VAN WAGENEN, 

" Treasurer of the Convention." 

The thanks of the Convention were returned to the Treasurer 
for the faithful discharge of the duties of his office. 

Mr. Gerrit H. Van Wagenen was re-elected, by ballot, the 
Treasurer of the Convention. 

Agreeably to the canon of the Church in this State, providing 
for the supply of vacant parishes, the Bishop appointed the fol- 
lowing Clergy to supply the vacant congregations annexed to 
their names respectively, at such times as they may deem most 
convenient and proper : 

The Rev. Mr. Seabury, the Rev. Mr. Hart, and the Rev. Mr. 
Onderdonk, Huntington and Islip. 

The Rev. Mr. Cooper, and the Rev. Mr. Haskell, Bedford and 
Northcastle, Salem and Patterson. 

The Rev. Mr. Empie, and the Rev. Mr. Brown, Peekskill and 
PhilUpstown. 

The Rev. Mr. Powell, and the Rev. Mr. Brown, Newburgh. 

The Rev. Mr. Reed, and the Rev. Mr. M'Vickar, the vacant 
congregations in Dutchess county. 

The Rev. Mr. Prentiss, Stillwater. 

* The Episcopal Fund, which is formed of the annual collections for the purpose 
in the congregations, is to be permitted to accumulate, without diminution, until the 
annual profits of the fund become adequate to the support of a Bishop. 



1814,] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 287 

The Rev. Mr. Stebbins, and the Rev. Mr. Clowes, Duanes- 
borough. 

The Rev. Mr. Perry, and the Rev. Mr. Huntington, Johns- 
town. 

The Rev. Mr. Butler, and the Rev. Mr. Adams, Stillwater and 
Sandy Hill. 

The Rev. Mr. Jewett, Sandy Hill. 

The other congregations which have not settled Clergymen, 
are supplied by Missionaries. 



The Convention adjourned 
JO 

Assistant Bishop of the P. E. Church in th€ 

THOMAS LYELL, Secretary of the Convention. 



JOHN HENRY HOBART, D. D., 

Assistant Bishop of the P. E. Church in the State of New York, and President of the Convention. 



APPENDIX 



EXTRACTS 
From the Journal of tlm Proceedings of tfie Bishops, Clergy, and Laity of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in a General 
Convention, Iield in the city of Philadelphia, from May nth to May 24th, 
1814, inclusive. 

House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, ) 
Saturday, May 21, 1814. ] 

The House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, in compliance with 
the requisitions of the 45th canon, have taken a general view of 
the state of the Church, and respectfully offer to the House of 
Bishops the result of their inquiries. From these observations, 
and the accompanying doccuments, it is hoped, that the House 
of Bishops will be able to comply with the requisition of the above 
mentioned canon, in regard to a Pastoral Letter. 

J\rew Hampshire. 

The Church in this State appears to be stationary ; no mate- 
rial alteration having taken place for several years past. The 
congregations, though not numerous, are attached to the worship 
of the Church, and perform their devotional exercises with order 
and regularity. 



288 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1814, 

Massachusetts. 

In this State the general appearance of the Church is highly 
flattering. Two new church edifices have been erected ; new 
congregations have been formed ; and some of the former ones 
considerably enlarged. A growing zeal for the cause of religion, 
and an attachment to the interests of the Church are visible in 
many parts of the State, and promise increasing prosperity. 
Though some instances have occurred, in which the rubrics and 
canons have not been regarded, it is believed that such instances 
are less frequent than on former occasions, and that an attach- 
ment to the prescribed order and worship of the Church, is daily 
increasing. 

Rhode Island. 

The state of the Church in this part of the Eastern Diocese is 
also flourishing. The congregations are all, except one, large 
and prosperous. Some have much increased, both in the number 
of families and the number of communicants; order and regularity 
generally prevail, and every deviation from the established regu- 
lations of the Church meets with decided disapprobation. 

Vermont 

The great question, in regard to the Church lands in this State, 
yet remains undecided ; consequently the difficulty of providing 
support for a sufficient number of pious and active clergymen, 
presents an insuperable obstacle to the growth of the Church here. 
The labours however of those two or three clergymen who have 
officiated here, have, in general, been crowned with success, and 
several congregations formed, which are zealous and flourishing. 

Eastern Diocese, — Generally. 

From the returns made by the Bishop of the Eastern Diocese, 
composed of the above mentioned States, it appears that there 
have been, since the last General Convention, the following ordi- 
nations, viz. : the Rev. Parker Adams, Rev. Charles Burroughs, 
Rev. Nathaniel Huse (for Connecticut), Priests. Aaron Hum- 
phrey, John P. K. Henshaw, Evan Malbone Johnson (for Con- 
necticut), and Titus Strong, Deacons. 

The number of confirmations in three years, have been 1504. — 
The Rev. Joab G. Cooper has been instituted Rector of the 
Church in Hanover, and the Rev. Charles Burroughs, Rector of 
the Church in Portsmouth, (N. H.) — Six persons have been 
admitted as candidates for Holy Orders. 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 289 

Connecticut. 

. Tlie Church in this State appears to be increasing in numbers, 
and in vital religion. Though frowned upon in the removal of 
her venerable Bishop, by death ; yet the Diocese continues regu- 
lar in holding Conventions, and in a due attention to the canons 
of the Church. The Clergy are zealous in the discharge of their 
duties. The vacancy of the Episcopate, it is believed, will be 
filled as soon as provision is made for its support. This desirable 
object is in a train favourable to its accomplishment, in the estab- 
lishment of a permanent fund. Several new church edifices have 
been erected since the last General Convention ; there is also an 
increased solicitude, on the part of the Laity, to provide means for 
the support of the Clergy, and to have the places for public 
worship kept in decent repair. 

The number of confirmations in the last two years of the 
Bishop's life was 464. 

During the year 1811 (since which there appear no return's of 
ordination), the Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis was ordained Priest ; 
and Frederick Holcombe, Stephen Jewett, and Orin Clark, 
Deacons. 

JVew York. 

The congregations in this Diocese are very numerous and 
respectable, and supplied with the constant or occasional services 
of stated clergymen or missionaries. 

The parochial reports are regularly exhibited. In 1812, the 
Right Rev. Bishop Hobart visited thirty-seven congregations, in 
various parts of the State, and administered the rite of Confirma- 
tion in twenty-one congregations, to 500 persons. 

In the year 1813, thirty-two congregations were visited, and 
the rite of Confirmation administered in sixteen congregations, to 
1100 persons. 

Since the last General Convention, in May, 1811, and until 
the State Convention, in October, 1813, six persons, John Brady, 
John M'Vickar, David Huntington, Benjamin T. Onderdonk, 
Lewis P. Bayard (of New Jersey), and James Thompson, have 
been admitted to the holy order of Deacons ; and fifteen Dea- 
cons, David Moore, Adam Empie, Ralph Williston, William 
Berrian, Gilbert H. Sayres, William A. Clark, John M'Vickar, 
Orin Clark, John Brady, Timothy Clowes, John Croes (of New 
Jersey), William Powell, Isaac Jones (of Connecticut), William 
E. Wyatt, and Stephen Jewett, have been admitted to the holy 
order of Priests. Several persons have been admitted as candi- 
dates for Deacons' orders. 

During the period above mentioned, the following institutions 
have taken place : the Rev. William Berrian, an Assistant Min^ 



290 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1834 

ister of Trinity Church, New York ; the Rev. Joseph Perry, Rec- 
tor of St. Paul's Church, Ballston Spa, and St. James' Church, 
Milton ; the Rev. John Kewley, Rector of St. George's Church, 
New York ; the Rev. John Brady, Assistant Minister of the same ; 
the Rev. Ralph Williston, Rector of Zion Church, New York ; 
and the Rev. Timothy Clowes, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany. During the same period, the Rev. Jonathan Judd, and 
the Rev. Reuben Hubbard, removed to the Diocese of Connecti- 
cut ; the Rev. Adam Empie, to North Carolina ; and the Rev. 
Dr. Abraham Beach, to New Jersey. 

The following churches have been consecrated : St. James'' 
Church, Hyde Park, Dutchess county ; St. James' Church, Milton, 
Saratoga county ; St. Peter's Church, Auburn, Cayuga county ; 
St. Luke's Church, Richfield, Otsego county ; St. James' Church, 
Goshen ; Grace Church, Waterford ; and Christ Church, Hamp- 
ton. 

The following missionaries have also been employed in the 
part of the State west of Albany, viz. : the Rev. Samuel Fuller, 
the Rev. WiHiam A. Clark, the Rev. Orin Clark, and the Rev. 
Davenport Phelps, lately deceased, who is justly regarded as the 
founder of the congregations in the most western counties of the 
State, whom he attached, not merely to his personal ministiations, 
but to the doctrines, the order, and liturgy of our Church. 

On the whole, there is every reason to believe, that in this 
Diocese the canons of the Church are faithfully observed, and the 
Clergy regular and zealous in their ministrations ; and in conse- 
quence, under the Divine blessing, the congregations increase, not 
only in numbers, but in attachment to the principles of the Church, 
and in the spirit of evangelical piety, as exhibited in her Articles 
and Liturgy. 

JVeio Jersey. 

From the Journals and Reports of the Convention in this State, 
it appears that the number of congregations, duly organized, is 
twenty-seven. Of this number, only seven enjoy the constant 
services of the ministry ; four or five others have their churches 
regularly, though but a part of the time opened on Sundays, by 
clergymen. To provide the remaining congregations, which are 
unable to maintain clergymen for themselves, with the adminis- 
tration of the word and ordinances, a fund has been raised by the 
Convention, which is always in a state of gradual augmentation. 
There are in the Diocese six instituted rectors ; the whole number 
of officiating ministers is nine. 

An Episcopal Society has been recently established in the 
Diocese, principally in the northern part, for the purpose of gra- 
tuitously distributing Bibles, Prayer Books, and religious Tracts j 



1814.] OP THE DIOCESE OF NEW YOEK. 1^91 

and if the funds admit of it, giving aid to young men designed 
for the ministry. 

The congregations belonging to this Convention appear to be, 
in general, strongly attached to the services and usages of the 
Church, and, in the management of their affairs, to be actuated 
by a strict and sincere regard to the rubrics and canons. Since 
the last General Convention, there has been an increased atten- 
tion to the concerns of religion and the Church, which has mani- 
fested itself, particularly in repairing and improving the places of 
public worship ; and, it is believed, that the number of picjis 
Churchmen has been considerably enlarged. 

Pennsylvania. 

There is every reason to believe, that there is an increased 
attention to the concerns of the Church in this State. The Con- 
ventions have of late been well attended, and the Clergy have in 
a great measure been punctual in presenting their parochial 
reports. From these reports it appears, that the number of com- 
municants in the several congregations throughout the State, 
have considerably augmented, particularly in those in the city of 
Philadelphia. It is highly gratifying to find, that since the last 
General Convention, exertions have been made for the establish- 
ment of an Episcopal Fund. A Society has been formed for the 
advancement of Christianity, which at present promises extensive 
usefulness to the Church in this State. " Most of the vacant 
churches," says the Bishop, in one of his addresses, " have been 
visited under the direction of this Society, and from the satisfaction 
given, we may hope, that under the Divine blessing, there will he 
an increasing usefulness of the institution." The venerable Head 
of this Diocese has been enabled to visit, during the two last years, 
some of the country congregations. The happy effects of these 
visits, are forcibly illustrated by the fact, that in 1811, he reported 
to the Convention, that during the past year, sixty-one persons 
had been Confirmed ; in 1812 he reported, that three hundred and 
six had received this holy rite ; in 1813 he announced, that during 
the last year, the number amounted to five hundred and eighty- 
one. These circumstances are auspicious ; it is hoped they will 
be followed by a rapid increase of vital godliness among all the 
members of our Apostolic Church in this quarter, — and in general 
the rubrics are duly observed. Since the last General Conven- 
tion, until the present time, five persons, Samuel Halbert Turner, 
Jackson Kemper, Charles Blair Snowden (of South Carolina), 
Richard D. Hall, and Jehu Curtis Clay, have been admitted to 
the holy order of Deacons ; and seven Deacons ,Daniel Higbee 
(of New Jersey), John Barnwell Campbell (of South Carolina), 



292 JOURNALS OF THE COrJVENTIONS [1814. 

Charles Blair Snowden (of South Carolina), William King (of 
Virginia), Samuel Halbert Turner (of Maryland), Jackson Kem- 
per, and Richard D. Hall, have been admitted to the holy order 
of Priests. 

Delaware. 

The conditron of the Church in this State is truly distressing, 
and the prospect gloomy. Of the eleven congregations in Dela- 
ware, two are supplied by the Rev. Mr. Clay, and one by the 
Rev. Mr. Davis, from Maryland. It is, however, gratifying to 
learn, that there is an increasing anxiety manifested for obtaining 
clergymen. Some of the vacant congregations have the service 
performed on Sundays, by laymen. Where the Sacrament of the 
Lord's Supper has been administered by visiting clergymen, the 
communicants have been numerous. Could the Church in this 
State be supplied with zealous and pious ministers, there is every 
reason to believe that their labours would be crowned with suc- 
cess, in advancing the interests of the Church and vital godliness. 

Maryland. 

The Church in Maryland still continues in a state of depres- 
sion ; many parishes are without ministers, and a considerable 
number of the churches are in a decayed condition ; the Clergy 
are so ill provided for, that except in Baltimore and Georgetown, 
their livings are quite insufficient for the support of their families, 
and of course they are obliged to resort to some other means. 
In these cities the Clergy are well supported, and the churches 
kept in good repair, and there appear to be evident symptoms of 
the increase of piety ; in some parts of the State, by the exertions 
of pious and zealous ministers, there seems to be a revival of 
religion — churches have been repaired, and some built ; the pre- 
vailing vices have been checked, and greater attention to Divine 
worship has appeared ; besides, there is an increasing disposition 
to relish the fine service of our Church, and to comply with her 
ordinances, so that if it should please God to raise up pious, en- 
lightened, and zealous ministers, who would continue to labour in 
this part of our divine Master's vineyard, the Church in Maryland 
might still be raised, and prove a nursery for good principles, en- 
lightened devotion, and pure piety. As the charges and returns 
of the Bishop are but partially inserted on the Journals of the 
Convention, and as no account of his proceedings during the last 
year has been received, it is impossible to state the number of 
churches consecrated, oar clergymen ordained, since the last Gene- 
ral Convention. 



18 14. J or THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 293 

Virginia. 

From a variety of causes, not necessary, and perhaps not 
proper to detail here, the Church in this State has jfallen into a 
deplorable condition ; in many places her ministers have thrown 
off their sacred profession ; her Liturgy is either contemned or 
unknown, and her sanctuaries are desolate. It would rend any 
feeling heart, to see spacious temples, venerable even in their 
dilapidation and ruins, now the habitations of the wild beast of 
the forest. 

But amidst this gloomy scene, a ray of light breaks in upon 
the prospect, cheering the hearts of the friends of the Church. 
Her members in Virginia have been taught, by a dreadful ex- 
perience, the value of their peculiar institutions. They look back 
with regret, and sigh when they talk of former days, when they 
were wont to go with joy into the courts of Zion ; they are ready 
and desirous to return to that fold from which they have wan- 
<lered so long, as sheep having no shepherd. They anxiously 
seek the restoration of their primitive and apostolical form of 
worship, and sound doctrine, and pray that ministers of zeal and 
piety may come and help them. Perhaps no place in the United 
States presents a more extensive field for the faithful labourer. 
Here are the best of materials, and here are the noblest induce- 
ments of duty, of honour, and reward. 

The dispositions of the people, and especially of some eminent 
laymen, who have come forward, with interest and zeal, afford 
pleasing pledges of those good fruits, which their active exertions 
will not fail to produce. A magnificent church has sprung up in 
Richmond, from the ashes of the theatre ; it has the patronage 
and support of men of the greatest talents, and highest rank in 
Virginia. They have chosen as their pastor, the Rev. R. C. Moore, 
D. D., who is now the Bishop of the Diocese, and under whose 
auspices there is reason to hope for the most favourable results. 

The corner-stone of a large and respectable church has been 
laid in Fredericksburgh, on the site of the old building, which has 
gone to decay. For Leesburgh also, they have obtained a sub- 
scription, adequate to the expense of erecting a respectable church. 
And in the counties of Frederick and Spottsylvania, and perhaps 
in other places, from which reports have not been received, the 
state of the Church is improving. In Alexandria there are two 
large and respectable congregations. From the present excite- 
ment, which is manifest throughout the State, nothing more seems 
wanting, under the blessing of God, than faithful ministers, to 
realize the hopes which are entertained of the future prosperity of 
this important part of our Zion. Let all who wish her well, pray 
the Lord of the harvo^t to ''?nd forth labourers into His harvest. 



294 JODBNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1814. 

South Carolina. 

There is cause of rejoicing to the friends of the Church in this 
Diocese. There is an evident revival of rehgion, and a visible 
growth in piety. From various causes, not necessary, and per- 
haps not expedient to state, the Church in this State had sunk 
very low ; but, through the blessing of the Almighty on the zeal- 
ous exertions of the visible Head of it, much has been done for its 
good, and more is to be confidently expected. 

The various parishes are making exertions to provide for their 
ministers, and to re-establish Divine service in the vacant churches. 
A resolution has also been entered into by the Clergy, to supply 
the services and ordinances of the Church, as often as possible, to 
the vacant parishes. It appears from the Bishop's address, in 
1812, that two new Episcopal congregations were collected and 
organized ; one at Columbia, the seat of government, and one at 
Camden ; and that for the former, a lay reader was provided by 
the Protestant Episcopal Society for the Advancement of Chris- 
tianity in South Carolina. It appears also, from the same address, 
that Dr. Frederick Dalcho, of Charleston, had been received as a 
candidate for Holy Orders, and the Rev. Christian Hankie, for- 
merly of Burlington, New Jersey, had been admitted to the order 
of Deacon. 

In the year 1813-14, Episcopal visitations were made, and 516 
persons confirmed. Two candidates for Holy Orders, viz. : 
Maurice Harvey Lance, and Albert Muller, were received ; and 
Dr. Frederick Dalcho was admitted to the order of Deacon. The 
Parish of St. George, Winyaw, was deprived, by death, of its 
rector, the Rev. Dr. Hailing. 

The state of the Church in this Diocese will appear from the 
following extract from the last address of the Bishop : " In the 
view," says he, " which I am required, by a useful canon of the 
Church, to give you of the affairs of the Diocese, since the last 
meeting of the Convention, it will fall within the scope of the 
regulation, to congratulate you on the degree of concord and 
Christian fellowship with which our churches are blessed. It is 
hardly possible, that in any society, composed of many parts, and 
all the parts of frail and fallible beings, there should exist such 
an entire unity of opinion, and community of feelings, as to pro- 
duce always a perfectly harmonious co-operation towards an 
accomplishment of the same ends ; as near an approach to this 
happy state as is compatible with the condition and infirmities of 
man, is, through the good blessing of Gou, at present enjoyed by 
us in this Diocese. In a degree, which is gratifying to me to 
remark, as it has doubtless been pleasing to you to notice, the 
Clergy of the Diocese are kindly afiectioned one to another, with 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 295 

brotherly love ; and their respective parishes being knit together, 
and compacted by that, which every joint supplieth, are, it is 
humbly hoped, making some increase of the body, to the edifying 
of itself in love. Thus far there is unity, and all will ever be 
concerned for the interests and feelings of all, if we be actuated 
by the genuine spirit of the religion of Jesus Christ." 

It ought to be mentioned, that in South Carolina a Society has 
been instituted for the advancement of Christianity, which has 
met with great success, and been instrumental in establishing two 
churches in a section of the country where our worship was never 
before held. This Society, by distributing books, illustrative of 
the distinctive principles of our Church, and by assisting a young 
man of genius and piety, a candidate for the ministry, has done 
much to advance the interests of our religion, and of our excel- 
lent Church. 

It is also to be stated, that the rubrics and canons are here 
conscientiously and strictly observed. 

The house of Clerical and Lay Deputies, in laying the preced- 
ing statement before the venerable House of Bishops, pray for 
themselves and the Church, their counsel, and the blessing of 
Almighty God. 

Signed by order of the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. 

JOHN CROES, President. 
May 21st, 1814. 

The said report having been read and considered, was adopted, 
directed to be signed by the President, and sent to the House of 
Bishops ; which were accordingly done. 

The following resolution was proposed, and adopted : 

Whereas the mode heretofore adopted, for making known the 
Constitution and Canons of the Church, has fallen short of that 
desirable end ; and in order that the interest of the Church may 
be advanced by a more general knowledge of the said Constitu- 
tion and Canons, and also that the proceedings of the General 
Convention may be promulgated to the members of the Church 
at large ; 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the ecclesiastical author- 
ities in the several Dioceses, to cause the same to be made known 
in the congregations respectively within their bounds, by such 
measures as may be deemed expedient, and accommodated to 
local circumstances. 

The said resolution was sent to the House of Bishops for their 
concurrence, and was concurred in by them. 



296 JOURNALS OF THE CONTENTIONS [1814. 

The following message was received from the House of Bishops, 
together with a pastoral letter, prepared by said House : 

The House of Bishops having examined and considered the 
report of the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, presented 
agreeably to the provisions of the 45th canon, transmit to them 
agreeably to the same canon, a pastoral letter, founded on the 
report. The House of Bishops, reciprocating the affectionate 
sentiments of the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, accompany- 
ing their report, request their aid in all proper measures of the 
Episcopacy, for the extending of the influence of religion, and 
the increase of the Church ; imploring the Divine blessing on 
them individually, and on the churches which they respectively 
represent. 

The resolution sent to the House of Bishops, on the subject of 
the preparation and transmission of reports, from each State Con- 
vention, on the state of the Church, was returned with an amend- 
ment, in which this House concurred. The resolution, as amended 
and finally agreed to, is as follows : 

Resolved, That it be recommended, that the ecclesiastical au- 
thority of the Church, in every State or Diocese, prepare a report 
on the state of the Church, in their State or Diocese, previously 
to the meeting of every General Convention, for the purpose of 
aiding the Committee on the State of the Church, appointed by 
the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, in drafting their report. 

Tuesday, May 24th, 1814. 

The joint Committee of the two Houses, on the question of a 
copy-right for the Book of Common Prayer, reported as follows : 

That they are informed on credible authority, that the same 
object was contemplated in the year 1789, on the editing of the 
book, as it is now established by the authority of this Church ; but 
was relinquished, in consequence of perceiving that complaints 
were likely to arise from the apprehension that the price would be 
thereby enhanced. The objection was, that an appropriation of 
the proceeds, to a purpose both religious and charitable, would 
not reconcile the members of this Church to a tax, which, it was 
alleged, was thus imposed ; the book being of a character, which 
it was a duty to possess. Whether the objection may not be 
guarded against by a contract, in which the prices of books should 
be fixed agreeably to their different sizes ; and whether in this 
case there ought to be regarded the complaints, which would still 
be made of an alleged unreasonableness of price, the Committee 
submit to the consideration of the Convention. The Committee 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 297 

are not sufficiently informed of the operation of law, on the present 
subject, so as to judge of the practicability of the measure pro- 
posed ; nor have they had either time, or the authority of the 
Convention, to take advice thereon, — but, they propose that law- 
advice should be taken, before further progress. Further, it has 
not occurred to the Committee, how the copy-right may be so 
contrived, as to be made consistent with the Sth article of the 
Ecclesiastical Constitution. That some alteration must be made 
in the present book, to bring it under the exclusive claim of 
a copy-right is evident. If the alteration should affect the 
book, as described by its known name, the difficulty here noticed 
must present itself. But if the alteration should be made in any 
of the instruments of this Church, which are usually bound up 
with the Book of Common Prayer, it would seem that the latter 
might be still published, without legal interference. On the 
ground of the premises, the Joint Committee propose to the two 
Houses as follows : 

Resolved, That it be referred to the Bishops to consider of the 
propriety of granting a copy-right, in the Book of Common 
Prayer; to inquire in their respective 'dioceses, and elsewhere, as 
circumstances may permit, whether the said measure can be 
adopted, consistently with law, and the approbation of the Con- 
ventions in the different Dioceses, and to report to the next Gene- 
ral Convention. 

The foregoing report having been adopted in the House of 
Bisbops, on motion, this House concurred in the adoption of the 
same.] 

The following resolution was proposed, and adopted : 
Resolved, That this Convention contemplate with much plea- 
sure the rise and progress of institutions for the advancement of 
Christianity, in several of the dioceses in the United States, and 
that they recommend such institutions to the patronage of all the 
friends of our Chm-ch.* 



House of BisHOPS,t I 

Friday Morning, May 20, 1814. ) 

The followng declaration was proposed, and agreed to : 

It having come to the knowledge of this House, that some 
doubts have arisen in certain districts, in reference to the sense 

* This resolution was concurred in by the House of Bishops. 

t The House of Bishops consisted of the Right Kev. Bishop White, of Pennsyl- 
vania; the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart, of New York; the Right Rev. Bishop Gris- 
wold, of the Eastern Diocese ; the Right Rev. Bishop Dehon, of South Carobna ; 
the Right Kev. Bishop Moore, of Virginia. 



JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1814. 

of some of the provisions of the 19th canon, they hold it expe- 
dient to make the following declaration, to record it on their 
minutes, and to communicate it to the House of Clerical and 
Lay Deputies. 

So far as concerns regulations, in reference to the place of offi- 
ciating and to ministerial dress, the Bishops suppose, that the 
prohibitions of the canon were grounded merely on the propriety 
of guarding against popular mistakes; which might otherwise 
rank among the number of the Clergy, a person not ordained. 
Accordingly they conceive that the design of the canon reaches 
every circumstance of position and of dress, which the custom of 
the Church and the habits of social life may render liable to mis- 
conception in the premises. On this ground, the House of Bishops 
consider it as contrary to the design of the canon for candidates to 
read sermons from the places usually considered as appropriated 
to ordained ministers, or to appear in bands, or gowns, or sur- 
plices. 

The Secretary communicated the above declaration to the 
House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. 

The following declaration was proposed, and agreed to : 

It having been credibly stated to the House of Bishops, that on 
questions, in reference to property devised, before the revolution, 
to congregations belonging to " the Church of England," and to 
uses connected with that name, some doubts have been entertained 
in regard to the identity of the body to which the two names have 
been applied, the House think it expedient to make the declara- 
tion, and to request the concurrence of the House Clerical and 
Lay Deputies therein — " That the Protestant Episcopal Church 
in the IJnited States of America" is the same body heretofore 
known in these States by the name of " the Church of England ;" 
the change of name, although not of religious principle in doctrine 
or in worship, or in discipline, being induced by a characteristic of 
the Church of England, supposing the independence of the Chris- 
tian Churches, under the different sovereignties, to which respec- 
tively their allegiance in civil concerns belongs. But that when 
the severance alluded to took place, and ever since, this Church 
conceives of herself, as professing and acting on the principles of 
the Church of England, is evident from the organization of our 
Conventions, and from their subsequent proceedings, as recorded 
on the Journals ; to which, accordingly, this Convention refer for 
satisfaction in the premises. But it would be contrary to fact, 
were any one to infer, that the discipline exercised in this Church, 
or that any proceedings therein are at all dependant on the will 
of the civil or of the ecclesiastical authority of any foreign country. 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 299 

Tiie above declaration having been communicated to the House 
of Clerical and Lay Deputies, they relumed for answer, that they 
concurred therein. 

A canon, altering and explaining the 29th canon, concerning 
the election and institution of ministers, was proposed and agreed 
to, and sent to the other House for their concurrence.* 

The following resolution concerning the Book of Homilies, was 
proposed and adopted, and sent to the House of Clerical and Lay 
Deputies for their concmTence.f 

The House of Bishops, taking into consideration, that the two 
Books of Homilies are referred to in the 35th article of this 
Church, as containing a body of sound Christian doctrine ; and 
knowing, by their respective experience, the scarcity of the vol- 
ume, rendering it difficult for some candidates in the ministry to 
possess opportunities of studying its contents, propose to the 
House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, to make it a standing 
instruction to every Bishop and to the ecclesiastical authority in 
every State destitute of a Bihsop, to be furnished (as soon as may 
be) with a copy or copies of said work, and to require it to be 
studied by all candidates for the ministry within their respective 
bounds ; under the expectation, that when offering for ordination 
the knowledge of its contents will be indispensably required. 

A canon, concerning the alms and contributions at the Holy 
Communion, was proposed, and adopted.! 

Saturday Morning, ^lay 21st, 1814. 

A communication was made to this House by the President, 
respecting two matters committed to him by the last triennial 
Convention. 

Whereupon, 

Resolved, That information of the same be transmitted to the 
House of Clerical and Lay Deputies j to be returned to this House 
and entered on their Journal. 

The communication is as follows : 

The President requests the attention of the House to those 
passages in the Journal of 1811, where it appears, that there 

* Thi3 c:inon was concurred in by that House. 

t Tliis resolution was concurred in by that House. 

* This canon was concurred in by the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. 



300 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1814. 

were laid on him two acts of duty, which consequent circum- 
stances have prevented from being carried into effect. 

The President, and the Bishop of this Church in Virginia, were 
requested "to devise means for supplying the congregations of 
this Church west of the Allegany mountains, with the ministra- 
tion and worship of the same, and for organizing the Church in 
the Western States." In consequence of this request, the Presi- 
dent had begun a correspondence with Bishop Madison ; but all 
further progress was arrested by the decease of the said Right 
Rev. Brother. This did not hinder the President from submitting 
to the Convention of this Church in Pennsylvania, a proposal, 
which was complied with, designed so far to meet the desires of 
some members of this Church in the western country, as that in 
the event of a settlement of a Bishop therein, the congregations 
in the western counties of the State might be under his superin- 
tendence ; on such a plan as would not affect the integrity of the 
Church in the State of Pennsylvania, as a component member of 
the body of this Church throughout our union, in contrariety to 
the Constitution. 

The President was further requested to address a letter, in 
behalf of the Convention, to the venerable Society in England for 
Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts, in reference to certain 
lands held by them in the State of Vermont, and intended in the 
original grant for the benefit of the Episcopal Church therein. It 
was necessary to the execution of this commission, that the Presi- 
dent should have been furnished with certain documents. These 
were delayed by some circumstances not under his control, until 
the occurrence of the present war ; which rendered a correspond- 
ence in the premises improper. 

The above information was carried to the House of Clerical and 
Lay Deputies by the Secretary. 

The following recommendation was proposed, and adopted : 

The House of Bishops propose to the House of Clerical and 
Lay Deputies, the following recommendation to be considered of 
by the House, and if agreeable, to be returned to this House and 
entered on their Journal : 

Whereas a diversity of custom has of late years prevailed in 
the posture of ministers and of the people, during the act of sing- 
ing the psalms and the hymns in metre ; the former practice of 
sitting during this part of the service gradually giving way to the 
more comely posture of standing ; it is hereby recommended by 
this Convention, that it be considered as the duty of the ministers 
of this Church, to encourage the use of the latter posture, and to 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 301 

induce the members of their congregations, as circumstances may 
permit, to do the same: allowance to be made for cases, in which 
it may be considered inconvenient by age, or by infirmity. Practice 
under this recommendation is to begin from the time when suitable 
information shall have been given by the Clergy to their respec- 
tive flocks. And it shall be the duty of every minister to give 
notice of this recommendation to his congregation at such time 
as in his discretion may be the most proper. 

The carrying into effect of the contemplated change, may be 
delayed by the Bishop of any Diocese, or, w^here there is no 
Bishop, by the ecclesiastical authority therein, until there shall 
have been time and opportunity of explaining satisfactorily the 
grounds of the measure. 

This recommendation was taken by the Secretary to the House 
of Clerical and Lay Deputies.* 

The following proposition was submitted and agreed to, and 
communicated to the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies : 

The House of Bishops communicate to the House of Clerical 
and Lay Deputies, the following resolve, and the following rule 
of the House of Bishops, to be entered on their Journal after 
being returned by the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. 

There was laid before the House, an address from the Rev. Dr. 
William Smith, of Connecticut, together with sundry anthems 
selected from Holy Scripture, and adapted to certain fasts and 
feasts of the Church. The object of the address is to induce the 
establishment of the said anthems as part of the Liturgy. 

Whereupon, 

Resolved, That it is not expedient, during this Convention, to 
go into a review, either in whole or in part, of the Book of 
Common Prayer. It could not, how^ever, but give satisfaction 
to the Bishops to recollect, that anthems taken from Scripture, 
and judiciously arranged, may, according to the known allowance 
of this Church, be sung in congregations at the discretion of their 
respective ministers. On this occasion, a question arose, how far 
it may be proper at any meeting of the Convention, to give their 
sanction, or that of this House in particular, to any work, however 
tending to religious instruction, or to the excitement of pious affec- 
tions. In reference to this subject, it is the unanimous opinion of 
the Bishops present, that no such sanction should be given. And 
it is hereby made a rule of the House, that if any application 
should be made tending to such effect, it shall not be considered 
as regularly brought before them. 

* The recommendation was concurred in by that Home. 



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The House of Clerical and Lay Deputies returned to the House 
of Bishops their communications concerning anthems, with the 
thanks of said House for the course adopted by the House of 
Bishops. 

The House of Bishops transmit to the House of Clerical and 
Lay Deputies the following opinions, the result of attention to an 
application of the Clerical Deputies from Connecticut. If ap- 
proved of, it will be entered on the Journal of the former House. 

The Clerical Deputies from the Diocese of Connecticut, by 
direction of the Convention of the same, requested the opinions of 
the Bishops present, on the meaning of two passages of the 
canons: 1st, Of this phrase in the 9th canon — " In consideration 
of certain other qualifications of the candidates ;" and, 2dly^ Of 
this phrase in the 40th canon — " or by some other joint act of the 
parties, and of a minister of this Church." 

In explanation of the former phrase, the Bishops are of opinion, 
that if a candidate should possess extraordinary strength of natural 
understanding, a considerable extent of theological erudition, al- 
though not derived through the medium of the original languages 
of Scripture, a peculiar aptitude to preach, and a large share of 
prudence ; those qualifications may be a ground of ihe dispensa- 
tion here referred to. 

In reference to the phrase in the 40th canon, it would perhaps 
be difficult to define the various ways in which the consent spoken 
of may be satisfactorily evinced. But the'' Bishops are of opinion, 
that any person duly laaptised in any religious society extraneous 
to this communion, joining himself to any congregation of this 
communion, and possessing an interest in its concerns, in conse- 
quence of express or implied permission, may be properly entered 
by the minister on the list of the names of persons under his 
parochial care. But the Bishops do not consider themselves as 
now called on to consider, whether it may not be expedient to 
make provision for a more definite mode, for the receiving into 
this Church of persons not baptised within its pale, but joining it 
on conviction, and with fair characters. 

A message was received from the House of Clerical and Lay 
Deputies, by their Secretary, signifying their approbation of the 
opinions with respect to the 9th and 40th canons. 

A pastoral letter was proposed and adopted, and sent to the 
House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. , 

Resolved, That to the volume of Journals already directed to 
be re-printed, there be added a second appendix, containing the 



1814.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 303 

two pastoral letters read in the last two preceding Conventions, 
and the pastoral letter read in this Convention. 

This resolution was taken to the House of Clerical and Lay 
Deputies, and returned with their concurrence. 

Resolved, That it be referred to the Bishops, and, in those 
Dioceses in which there are no Bishops, to the Standing Com- 
mittees therein, to inquire in the respective Dioceses or States, 
and to consider for themselves, concerning the expediency of 
establishing a Theological Seminary, to be conducted under the 
general authority of this Church ; and to report to the next 
General Convention. 

The House of Clerical and Lay Deputies concurred in the above 
resolution. 

The House agreed with the House of Clerical and Lay Depu- 
ties in appointing the next General Convention to be held at 
New York. 

A canon, repealing part of the 45th canon of 1808, was adopted, 
and sent to the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, in which 
they concurred. 

This House returned for answer to the resolve of the House of 
Clerical and Lay Deputies, requesting the House of Bishops to 
appoint one of their own order to preach a sermon at the opening 
of the next General Convention : — 

The Bishops concur in the above resolve ; hoping that it may 
be consistent with the state of health of their brother the Right 
Rev. Bishop Clagget, to be present, and to preach ; and in the 
case of his absence, resolving, that the next Bishop in seniority, 
who may not already have preached at the opening of a Conven- 
tion, be requested to perform the duty. 



CANONS 

Adopted in General Convention, 1814. 

CANON I. 
Concerning the Alms and Contributions at the Holy Communion. 

Whereas it appears, that no direction has been made, as to the 
mode in which the alms and contributions at the administration of 
the Holy Communion are to be applied ; it is hereby declared, 



304 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1814, 

that they shall be deposited with the minister of the parish, or 
with such Church officer as shall be appointed by him, to be 
applied by the minister, or u^der his superintendence, to such 
pious and charitable uses as shall be thought fit. 

House of Bishops, adopted May 20th, 18 14. 

JACKSON KEMPER, Secretary. 

Adopted in House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, May 21st, 1814. 
ASHBEL BALDWIN, Secretary. 

CANON 11, 

Altering and Explaining the 29th Canon, concerning the Election and Inslitv- 
tion of Ministers. 

So much of the 29th canon of 1808, as requires the institution 
of an assistant minister in order to his being considered as a regu- 
larly admitted and settled parochial minister in any Diocese or 
State, and his having a voice in the choice of a Bishop, in con- 
sequence of his not having been instituted, and as excludes a 
Deacon from a seat and vote in any Convention where he is not 
excluded by the Constitution and Canons of the Church in any 
diocese, is hereby repealed. It is also declared, in explanation of 
the said canon, that the provision concerning the use of the Office 
of Institution, is not to be considered as applying to any congre- 
gation destitute of a house of worship.^ 

House of Bishops, adopted May 20th, 1814.J 

JACKSON KEMPER, Secretary, 

Adopted in House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, May 21st, 1814. 
ASHBEL BALDWIN, Secretary 

CANON III. 

Repealing part of the 45th Canon of 1808. 

That part of the 45th canon of 1808 which requires that the 
parochial reports inserted on the Journals of each State or Dio- 
cesan Convention, shall be read in the House of Clerical and Lay 
Deputies in General Convention, is hereby repealed.] 

House of Bishops, adopted May 24th, 1814. 

JACKSON KEMPER, Secretary. 

Adopted in House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, May 24th, 1814. 
ASHBEL BALDWIN, Secretary. 



THIRTIETH CONVENTION. 



JOURNAIi 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OP 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH^ 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK, 

October 3d, and 4th, A. D. 1815. 



jUist of tlje Clcvfl^j anH 3lnjf JBelegateS' 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLEEG Y. 

The Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Assistant Bishop 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York. 

The Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Church, Utica, 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochella 

The Rev. WiUiam Berrian, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Professor of Rhetoric and 
Moral Philosophy in Columbia College. 

The Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., Rector of Grace Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. John Brady, Assistant Minister of St. George's 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. G. T. Bedell, Deacon, officiating in Christ Church, 
Hudson. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's Churchy 
Flushing. 



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The Rev. William A. Clark, Missionary at Manlius, Onondaga 
county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Orin Clark, Rector of Trinity Church, Geneva. 

The Rev. Timothy Clowes, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany. 

The Rev. William Creighton, Deacon, oihciating in Grace 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Abiel Carter, Deacon, officiating in Christ Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Adam Empie, Chaplain, and Professor in the Mili- 
tary Academy, West Point. 

The Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary, Rensselaerville, and parts 
adjacent. 

The Rev. Wilham Harris, D. D., Rector of St. Mark's Church, 
Bowery, New York. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, Rye. 

The Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. John P. K. Henshaw, Deacon, officiating in St. Ann's 
Church, Brooklyn. 

The Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Rector of St. Michael's Church, 
Bloomingdale, and St. James' Church, Hamilton Square, New 
York. 

The Rev. William B, Lacey, Deacon, Missionary in Chenango 
county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. John M'Vickar, Rector of St. James' Church, Hyde 
Park. 

The Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, an Assistant Minister of 
Trmity Church, New York., 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens, 
and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill. 

The Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie. 

The Rev. Charles Seabury, Rector of Carohne Church, Brook- 
haven. 

The Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Schenectady. 

The' Rev. James Thompson, Missionary, in Greene and Dela- 
ware coimties. 

The Rev. Alanson W. Welton, Missionary in Ontario county, 
and the counties adjacent. 

The Rev. Russel Wheeler, Missionary at Unadilla, Otsego 
county, and parts adjacent. 



1815.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 30^ 

The Rev. Eli Wheeler, Rector of St. John's Church, Johnstown. 
The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester. 

The Rev, Ralph Williston, Rector of Zion Church, New York. 

The following Clergy, not regularly entitled to seats, were 
admitted to the sittings of the Convention : 

The Rev. Edmund D. Barry, Principal of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Academy, New York, and officiating in New Jersey. 

The Rev. John Croes, D. D., Bishop elect of the Diocese of 
New Jersey. 

The Rev. William Hawley, of Virginia. 

The Rev. David Huntington, of St, Paul's Church, Charlton. 

The Rev. Stephen Jewett, of Christ Church, Hampton. 

The Rev. David Moore, of St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island. 

The Rev. William Powell, of St. Andrew's Church, Coldenham, 
and St. James' Church, Goshen. 

The Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, of Grace Church, Jamaica, L. I. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

Bedford and Northcastle, William Jay, Samuel H. Miller. 

Caroline Church, Brookhaven, William W. Mills. 

Christ Church, Hudson, Jacob R. Van Rensselaer. 

Christ Church, New York, George Dominick, Israel Horsefield, 
Robert Gill, Edward Hitchcock. 

Christ Church, Hampton, Washington county, Pliny Adams. 

Christ Church, Cooperstown, James Cooper. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, James Emott, George P. Oakley. 

Christ Church, Rye, Thomas Purdy, Peter J. Munro. 

Du St. Esprit, New York, John Pintard, Thomas Hamersley. 

Grace Church, Jamaica, John Skidmore. 

Grace Church, New York, Archibald Bruce, John Slidell, 
William Cutting. 

Grace Church, Waterford, Hezekiah Ketchum. 

South Salem, James Church. 

St. Andrew's Church, Orange county, J. T. Walden. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, Nathaniel Britton, Joseph 
Taylor. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Theodosius Hunt, Fanning C. 
Tucker. 

St. George's Church, Flushing, Thomas Marston, Thomas 
Philips. 

St. George's Church, Newburgh, Charles Ludlow, David 
Fowler. 

St. George's Church, New York, Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, 
Harry Peters. 



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St. James' Church, North Salem, Joshua Purdy. 

St. John's, Church, Yonkers, Hem-y White, Elijah Valentine. 

St. Mark's Church, Bowery, Dirck Ten Broeck, Nicholas Fish, 
George Turnbull. 

St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, Valentine Nutter. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, John Kissam. 

St. George's Church, Schenectady, Thomas C. Brownell. 

St. George's Church, Newburgh, Thomas Ellison, George 
Ludlow, Samuel Floyd, David Fowler. 

St. Peter's Church, Albany, John Van Ness Yates, Thomas W. 
Ford, James Gibbons. 

St. Peters Church, West Chester, Abijah Hammond. 

St. James' Church, Hyde Park, John Johnston. 

St. James' Church, Newtown, Long Island, David Moore, 
James Blackwell, Gilbert Van Mater. 

Trinity Church, Granville, Martin Lee. 

Trinity Church, Fairfield, Andrew A. Bartow. 

Trinity Church, New Rochelle, James Harvey. 

Trinity Church, New York, Thomas L. Ogden, Nehemiah 
Rogers. 

Trinity Church, Rensselaerville, Apollos Moore. 

Zion Church, New York, John Graff, Thomas Gibbon. 

New York, October 3d, 1815. 

This being the day appointed for the annual meeting of the 
Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of 
New York ; and the city of New York having been appointed 
by the Bishop as the place of meeting, the Right Rev. Bishop 
Hobart, and several of the Clergy and Lay Delegates attended, at 
10 o'clock A. M., in Trinity Church. 

Divine service was performed by the Rev. William Harris, 
D. D., Rector of St. Mark's Church, Bowery, and a charge to 
the Clergy, delivered by the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart. 

Divine service being ended, the Convention assembled, and a 
list of the Clergy being called over, agreeably to the second canon 
of this Church of 1803, the following Clergy answered to their 
names, and took their seats : 

The Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Church, Utica ; 
Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New Rochelle ; 
Rev. William Berrian, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York; Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Professor of Rhetoric and 
Moral Philosophy in Columbia College j Rev. Nathanael Bowen, 



1815.] OP THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 309 

D. D., Rector of Grace Church, New York ; Rev. John Brady, 
Assistant Minister of St. George's Church, New York; Rev. G. 
T. Bedell, Deacon, officiating in Christ Church, Hudson ; Rev. 
Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's Church, Flushing; Rev. 
William A. Clark, Missionary at Manlius, Onondaga county, and 
parts adjacent ; Rev. Orin Clark, Rector of Trinity Church, 
Geneva; Rev. Timothy Clowes, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany ; Rev. WiUiam Creighton, Deacon, officiating in Grace 
Church, New York ; Rev. Abiel Carter, Deacon, officiating in 
Christ Church, New York ; Rev. Adam Empie, Chaplain, and 
Professor in the Military Academy, West Point ; Rev. Henry J. 
Feltus, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, New York ; Rev. Samuel 
Fuller, Missionary, Rensselaerville, and parts adjacent ; Rev. 
William Harris, D. D., Rector of St. Mark's Church, Bowery, 
New York; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Churchj 
Hempstead ; Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, 
Rye ; Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. John P. K. Henshaw, Deacon, 
officiating in St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, 
Rector of St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, and St. James' 
Church, Hamilton Square, New York ; Rev. William B. Lacey, 
Deacon, Missionary in Chenango county, and parts adjacent ; Rev. 
Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York ; Rev. John 
M'Vickar, Rector of St. James' Church, Hyde Park ; Rev. Ben- 
jamin T. Onderdonk, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, 
New York ; Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, 
Athens, and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill ; Rev. John Reed, Rec- 
tor of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; Rev. Charles Seabury, 
Rector of Caroline Church,"Brookhaven ; Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, 
Rector of St. George's Church, Schenectady ; Rev. James 
Thompson, Missionary in Greene and Delaware counties ; Rev. 
Russel Wheeler, Missionary at Unadilla, Otsego county, and parts 
adjacent ; Rev. Eli Wheeler, Rector of St. John's Church, Johns- 
town ; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East Chester ; Rev. Ralph 
Williston, Rector of Zion Church, New York. 

The following Clergy, entitled to seats in the Convention, were 
absent : 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of the churches in Otsego 
county ; Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy j 
Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector of St. James' Church, Milton ; Rev. 
Parker Adams, Rector of Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, and 
Grace Church, Waterford ; Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. 
John's Church, Yonkers ; Rev. Evan Malbone Johnson, Deacon, 



310 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1815. 

St. James' Church, Newtown, Long Island ; Rev. John Brown, 
Deacon, Trinity Church, Fishkill ; Rev. John Kewley, M. D., 
Rector of St. George's Church, New York ; Rev. Ezekiel Gear, 
Missionary, Onondaga county, and counties adjacent ; Rev. Virgil 
H. Barber, Principal of the Academy, and Minister of Trinity 
Church, Fairfield, Herkimer county. 

The Lay Delegates exhibited certificates of their appointment, 
and the following Delegates took their seats : 

From Caroline Church, Brookhaven, William W. Mills; Christ 
Church, Hudson, Jacob R. Van Rensselaer ; Christ Church, New 
York, George Dominick, Israel Horsefield, Robert Gill, Edward 
Hitchcock ; Christ Church, Cooperstown, James Cooper ; Christ 
Church, Poughkeepsie, James Emott, George P. Oakley ; Du St. 
Esprit, New York, John Pintard ; Grace Church, Jamaica, John 
Skidmore; Grace Church, New York, Archibald Bruce, John 
Slidell ; Grace Church, Waterford, Hezekiah Ketchum ; St. 
Andrew's Church, Orange county, J. T. Walden ; St. Andrew's 
Church, Staten Island, Nathaniel Britton, Joseph Taylor; St. 
Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Theodosius Hunt ; St. George's Church, 
Flushing, Thomas Marston, Thomas Philips ; St. George's Church, 
Newburgh, Charles Ludlow, David Fowler ; St. George's Church, 
New York, Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, Harry Peters ; St. James' 
Church, Hyde Park, John Johnston ; St. James' Church, New- 
town, Long Island, David Moore, James Blackwell, Gilbert Van 
Mater ; St. James' Church, North Salem, Joshua Purdy ; St. 
John's Church, Yonkers, Henry V^^hite, Elijah Valentine ; St. 
Mark's Church, Bowery, New York, Dirck Ten Broeck, Nicholas 
Fish, George Turnbiill ; St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, 
New York, Valentine Nutter ; Trinity Church, New York, Thos. 
L. Ogden, Nehemiah Rogers ; Trinity Church, Rensselaerville, 
Apollos Moore ; Zion Church, New York, John Graff, Thomas 
Gibbon ; Bedford, and Northcastle, William Jay, Samuel H. 
Miller ; South Salem, James Church ; Christ Church, Hampton, 
Washington county, Pliny Adams ; Trinity Church, Fairfield, 
Andrew A. Bartow, Samuel Nichols; St. Peter's Church, Albany, 
John Van Ness Yates, Thomas W. Ford, James Gibbon ; Trinity 
Church, New Rochelle, James Harvey ; St. George's Church, 
Hempstead, John Kissam ; St. George's Church, Schenectady, 
Thomas C. Brownell ; St. George's Church, Newburgh, Thomas 
Ellison, George Ludlow, Samuel Floyd, David Fowler; St. 
Peter's Church, West Chester, Abijah Hammond. 

The Rev. Thos. Lyell was elected Secretary of the Convention. 

The Convention adjourned until to-morrow morning, 10 o'clock. 



IS 15.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 3ll 

Wednesday Morning, October 4th, 1815. 

The Convention met, and Divine service was celebrated by the 
Rev. Mr. Bulkley, Rector of St. George's Church, Flushing. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle, and the Rev. Alanson W. Welton, Missionary in 
Ontario comity, and the counties adjacent, appeared, and took 
their seats in the Convention. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the Rev. John Croes, D. D., Bishop elect of the 
Diocese of New Jersey, now in this city, be admitted to the sittings 
of this Convention. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the ministers of this Church not regularly 
entitled to seats, be admitted to the sittings of this Convention. 

The following Clergy took their seats agreeably to the fore- 
going resolution : 

The Rev. David Moore, of St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island ; 
the Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, of Grace Church, Jamaica, Long 
Island ; the Rev. Mr. Powell, of St. Andrew's Church, Colden- 
ham, and St. James' Church, Goshen ; the Rev. Mr. Jewett, of 
Chi'ist Church, Hampton ; the Rev. Edmund D. Barry, Principal 
of the Protestant Episcopal Academy, New York, officiating in 
New Jersey ; the Rev. William Hawley, of Virginia ; the Rev. 
David Huntington, of St. Paul's Church, Charlton. 

William Cutting, a Lay Delegate from Grace Church, New 
York ; Peter J. Munro, and Thomas Purdy, Lay Delegates from 
Christ Church, Rye ; Fanning C. Tucker, a Lay Delegate from 
St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; and Thomas Hamersley, a Lay 
Delegate from the church Du St. Esprit, New York, appeared, 
and took their seats. 

Certificates of the incorporation of Trinity Church, in the town 
of Coventry, and county of Chenango ; St. Paul's Church, in the 
towns of Tully and Preble ; and Trinity Church, Granville, 
Washington county ; were read, and the said churches received 
into union with the Church in this State. 

A certificate of the appointment of a Lay Delegate from Trinity 
Church, Granville, was read, and Martin Lee appeared, and took 
his scat, as Lay Delegate from the said church. 



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Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, pro- 
viding for an accurate view of the state of the Church from time 
to time, the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart delivered the following 
address. 

MY CLERICAL AND LAY BRETHREN, 

Agreeably to the requisition of the canons, I lay before the Convention the 
proceedings in this Diocese since the last Annual Convention. 

Since that time the following persons have received Holy Orders : Gregory 
T. Bedell, William Hawley, William H. Hart, Abiel Carter, of this Diocese, 
and William Josephus Bulkley, of the Diocese of Connecticut, have been 
admitted to the order of Deacons; and the following Deacons, David Hunting- 
ton, Eli Wheeler, Benjamin T. Onderdonk, and Alanson W. Welton, of this 
Diocese, and Lewis P. Bayard, of New Jersey, to the order of Priests. The 
ordination of Lewis P. Bayard and Benjamin T. Onderdonk took place in 
Newark, New Jersey, where I was invited to hold an ordination by the 
Standing Committee of that Diocese. 

The Rev. Charles Seabury has been instituted to the Rectorship of Caroline 
Church, Setauket; and the Rev. Eli Wheeler to the Rectorship of St. John's 
Church, Johnstown. 

The Rev. William Hawley and the Rev. William H. Hart have removed to 
the Diocese of Virginia. The Rev. Gregory T. BedelJ, Deacon, has been elected 
Minister of Christ Church, Hudson; and the Rev. Abiel Carter, Deacon, acts 
as an Assistant in Christ Church, in this city. The Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, 
Deacon, has removed from the Diocese of Connecticut into this Diocese, and 
acts as a Missionary. 

In regard to the affairs of the Diocese, it is proper I should state, that the 
sentence of suspension on the Rev. Cave Jones, in consequence of his refusing 
to submit to the requisitions of Bishop Moore and his presbyters, to relinquish 
his title to the office of Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, was removed, on 
his submitting to the terms of their requisitions, and an official instrument of 
the removal transmitted to him. 

In the city of New York, St. George's Church, which was destroyed by 
lire, has been rebuilt, and is ready for consecration. But we have to lament 
the recent destruction, by fire, of the edifice of Zion Church. This event is 
calculated to excite peculiar sensibility, from the very limited means which the 
congregation possess of repairing their loss, there being among them few 
individuals of much wealth. The corporation of Trinity Church do not 
possess the means of aiding them to any considerable amount ; and their only 
resource, therefore, is the benevolence of individual Episcopalians. It is not 
to be supposed that this, their only hope, will fail them ; that Episcopalians 
will refuse to aid a sister congregation in circumstances of peculiar distress; 
or that they will incur the stigma of making no efforts to raise from its ashes, 
one of the temples of their God ; to reinstate their exiled brethren in those 
saered courts where they rejoiced to worship ; and to comfort the heart and 



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strengthen the hands of the exemjilary and respectable servant of the altar who 
now mourns its desolation and ruin. 

The Right Reverend Bishop Provoost has very recently departed this life. 
To the benevolence and urbanity that marked all his intercourse with his 
Clergy, and indeed every social relation, there is strong and universal 
testimony: and with respect to the manner that marked his official inter- 
course, there can be no testimony more interesting than that of the venerable 
Bishop of our Church in Pennsylvania, who, on a public occasion, several 
years since, referring to the intimate relation between himself and Bishop 
Provoost, introduced the sentiment, that " delegation to the same civil office is 
a ground on which benevolence and friendly offices may be expected ;" and 
then remarked, " how much more sacred is a relation between two persons, 
who, under the appointment of a Christian Church, had been successfully 
engaged together in obtaining for it the succession to the apostolic office of the 
Episcopacy; who, in the subsequent exercise of that Episcopacy, had jointly 
laboured in all the ecclesiastical business which has occurred among us ; and 
who, through the whole of it, never knew a word, or even a sensation, 
tending to personal dissatisfaction or disunion."* 

In the month of November last, I visited the congregations at Bedford and 
North Salem, in West Chester county ; and also a small congregation of 
Episcopalians in Franklin, in Putnam county. 

In the months of June and July I made the [following visitations : St. 
James' Church, Newtown, and administered Confirmation to 44 persons ; St. 
George's Church, Flushing, administered Confirmation to 15 persons, and 
admitted William J. Bulkley to the order of Deacon; Christ Church, Stratford 
(Connecticut), at the request of the Standing Committee of that Diocese, and 
administered Confirmation to 130 persons; Trinity Church, Trumbull, in the 
same Diocese, and administered Confirmation to 30 persons ; Christ Church, 
Rye, West Chester county, and admmistered Confirmation to 12 persons; St. 
Peter's Church, Albany, confirmed 60 persons; Charlton, Saratoga county, 
confirmed 24 persons ; St. John's Church, Johnstown, Montgomery county, 
confirmed 10 persons, and instituted the Rev. Mr. Wheeler; Christ Church, 
Balltown, confirmed 8 persons; the congregations at Ballston Spa and Milton, 
and, at the latter place, confirmed 13 persons; Trinity Church, Fishkill, and 
confirmed 17 persons. 

In the month of August and part of September, I visited the following 
congregations, principally in the western district of the State : Utica and Paris, 
Oneida county; Fairfield, Herkimer county; Manlius, Onondaga county; 
TuUy Flats, Cortlandt county; Auburn, Cayuga county; Clifton Springs, 
Geneva, Victor, Richmond (formerly Honeyoye), Avon, Pulteneyville, and 
Canandaigua, Ontario county; Sheldon and Batavia, both near the western 
frontier, Genesee county. In the principal part of these congregations Confir- 
mations were held; and since the last Convention, the whole number of persons 
confirmed is about 400. 

* Bishop White, in his Sermon at the consecration of Bishop Moore. 



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At my visitation of the congregation at Manlius, the church in that village, 
which is a very neat and commodious building, was consecrated by the name 
of Christ Church, and 44 persons were confirmed. The congregation is 
increasing, and owes much to the labours of the Rev. William A. Clark. 
There, are two other churches ready for consecration in Rensselaei-ville, 
Albany county, and in Stamford, Delaware county, which I expect shortly to 
consecrate ; and it gives me great pleasure to state, that congregations, in 
various other parts of the Diocese, are erecting churches. In this pious work, 
and in general to the support of the Ministry, many of the congregations in 
the country, and especially in its more remote districts, display a zeal which 
is worthy of high commendation. There have been instances of individuals, 
possessing only moderate wealth, who have given the tenth, and the eighth 
part of their property to the building of churches, besides liberal contributions, 
in the same proportion, to the support of the Clergy. The congregations of 
our Church, it should be recollected, in the new settlements particularly, are 
not large ; and, therefore, the erection of buildings, and the support of public 
worship, fall heavily upon them. But for the aid that they received from 
other quarters, and particularly, as it respects the support of clergymen, from 
the Missionary Fund, the scattered Episcopalians in many parts of the State, 
would have been unable to establish congregations, and to obtain permanently 
the worship of our church. I mention these facts, in order to excite their 
more wealthy and favoured brethren, particularly in the cities, from the 
example of their liberality, to contribute, in generous proportion to the means 
with which Providence has blessed them, to the diffusion and support of that 
Gospel which is the only security for man's happiness in this life, and his 
only pledge of felicity in the life which is to come. 

It affords me the highest gratification to bear testimony to the zeal and to 
the fidelity of my brethren of the Clergy in the discharge of their duties. In 
many places, particularly in the more distant parts of the State, and where the 
scene of ministerial duty is much extended, it is not to be discharged but with 
much self-denying and laborious exertion. But, in the older and more com- 
pact congregations, I have every reason to believe that there is no failure of 
exertion and diligence on the part of the Clergy, in the oversight of the flocks 
committed to their charge. I cannot avoid mentioning the exertions of a young 
brother in the ministry at Fishkill, who, while in the capacity of a lay reader 
in that place, was very instrumental in exciting the piety and zeal of the 
people, and whose labours, shice his admission to Deacons' orders, have been 
very diligent and persevering, and followed by much good. 

I ought not to omit to mention, that the congregation at Johnstown have 
repaired and beautified their house of worship, which is a large stone edifice, 
erected before the American Revolution, in what was then considered a frontier 
settlement. Under the very active labours of their present minister, there is 
every prospect of the increase and prosperity of the congregation. 

An opportunity presented itself of attempting to extend the blessings of 
religious instruction among the Indian tribes, through the instrumentality of 



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Mr. Eieazar Williams, who was born among them, and has been liberally 
educated. He is employed by the Missionary Committee, as a catechist and 
schoolmaster among them. An appeal was made to Episcopalians for their 
contributions towards the pubhshing of portions of the Bible and the Common 
Prayer in the language of the Indian tribes. The money collected is placed 
in the hands of G. H. Van Wagenen, Esq., the Treasurer of this Convention, 
subject to my order, for the above purposes ; and Mr. Williams is engaged in 
preparing the portions of Scripture and the Liturgy for publication. 

The missionaries continue, as usual, faithful and diligent in their important 
work. 

It is impossible to appreciate too highly the importance of missionary 
exertions. I visited, for the second time, this summer, the missionary district 
to the westward, extending from Manlius on the east, to Sheldon, about 25 
miles from Lake Erie, on the west; and from Catharine Town, Tioga county, 
on the south, to Pulteneyville, on Lake Ontario, on the north. This district, 
comprising a circumference of country more than a hundred miles in diameter, 
was the scene of the missionary labours of our deceased brother, the Rev. D. 
Phelps. To him succeeded the Rev. William A. Clark, and the Rev. Orin 
Clark ; and, more recently, the Rev. Alanson W. Welton ; whose first labours 
in their ministry were devoted to this district, with the same piety, prudence, 
and laborious zeal which distinguished their venerable predecessor. In this 
district, in which, fifteen years since, it is believed there was not one congre- 
gation of our Church which could be considered as permanently established, 
there are now 14 or 15, which have fair prospects of permanency and prosperity. 
Indeed, such is the ardent and zealous attachment of the Episcopalians scattered 
through that country, to the doctrine, the ministry, and the worship of our 
Church ; and such the increasing estimation in which these, in proportion as 
Ihey are known, are regarded by others, that we only want a greater number 
of missionaries, in order to ensure the increase and establishment of our 
Church in various parts of the State. As a most important auxiliary to this 
object, must be considered the distribution of Prayer Books. The Clergy and 
Missionaries are uniform in the declaration, that they find no method of 
increasing our Church more effectual than the distribution of the Book of 
Common Prayer. It gives me, therefore, great pleasure to notice the increase 
of Bible and Common Prayer Book Societies in this State. In addition to 
those in New York and Albany, there have been recently established Bible 
and Common Prayer Book Societies on Long Island, in Dutchess county, and 
in Columbia and Greene counties ; in the institution of which, many distin- 
guished lapnen of our Church have cordially co-operated. In common with 
my brethren of the Clergy, I feel it a duty to acknowledge how much we owe, 
on various occasions, to the zealous co-operation of our brethren of the Laity ; 
and to notice, with the highest pleasure, their increasing zeal for the advance- 
ment of the interests of our Church. An evidence of this is to be found in 
their attendance at these annual Conventions ; one great object of which is, by 
bringing together, at stated periods, the Clergy and the Laity, from various 



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parts of the State, to strengthen the bonds of union among the members of our 
Church, and mutually to animate and to direct their zeal in her cause, and 
their exertions for her increase and prosperity. May these exertions be 
attended with the blessing of Almighty God.* 

JOHN HENRY HOBART. 
New York, October 4, 1815. 

The Clergy who were absent at the last Convention were 
called on for the reasons of their absence, agreeably to the canon 
enjoining their attendance j which reasons were accepted. 

The Bishop, from " the Committee of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church for Propagating the Gospel in the State of New York," 
reports, that the following missionaries are at present employed 
in this Diocese : 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, in Albany and Greene counties ; the 
Rev. Wilham A. Clark, in Onondaga county, and the adjacent 
counties ; the Rev. James Thompson, in Delaware and Greene 
counties ; the Rev. Wilham B. Lacey, principally in Chenango 
county ; the Rev. Russel Wheeler, Unadilla, and parts adjacent ; 
the Rev. Alanson W. Welton, in Ontario county, and the adja- 
cent counties ; the Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, in Onondaga and Cort- 
landt counties, and parts adjacent ; the Rev. Daniel Nash is 
engaged, part of his time, as a missionary; and Mr. Eleazar 
Williams as a catechist and lay reader among the Indians. 



The Bishop stated to the Convention the substance of the 
reports of the missionaries made to him, as follows : 

The Rev. Mr. Fuller, missionary at Rensselaerville, and parts 
adjacent, in his letter to the Bishop, reports, that he has officiated 
the year past, two-thirds of the time in Rensselaerville, and one- 
third in Durham ; except one Sunday in Windham, one in Green- 
ville, and one in Athens and Cattskill. The Church at Rensselaer- 
ville is completed ; and it is the wish of the Vestry, that it may 
be consecrated as soon as conveniently may be. There has been 
some special attention to religion ; and five young persons have 
received baptism, and seven have been added to the communion. 
The house for worship has been built by contract, for 2,900 
dollars ; but the subscriptions amount to little more than 2,000 
dollars, and not even that sum will ever be collected. Three or 
four men, however, stand responsible for the deficiency, which, 
probably, they must pay. 

* In enumerating the Bible and Common Prayer Book Societies, in the above 
Address, there is an inadvertent omission of the " Auxiliary Bible, and Common 
Prayer Book Society of the Western District." 



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In raising up the Episcopal Society in RensselaerviUe, be states, 
that they have had to struggle against prejudices, and poverty, 
and the reviling of its enemies ; they had flattered themselves, 
however, that these difficulties were principally surmounted ; and, 
as matters now are, every exertion in their power will be made 
for its preservation and prosperity. The late additions to the 
Communion, though small, have contributed to revive the droop- 
ing spirits of the friends of Zion, and the attachment to the Church 
generally ; and a trust in the ultimate enlargement and success 
of that particular part of it, is evidently increasing. 

He has attended funerals, and the festivals and fasts of the 
Church, and other fasts, besides some other meetings on week 
days. He has administered the Communion regularly, and cate- 
chised the children. The whole number of baptisms is five adults, 
and five children. 

The Rev. William A. Clark, Missionary at Manlius, and parts 
adjacent, in his letter to the Bishop, reports, that most of his 
services have been given to the village of Manlius and its vicinity. 
Besides performing Divine service on Sundays, by preaching on 
other days, and by lecturing both publicly and privately, from 
house to house, no pains have been spared to impress the people 
with a sense of the importance of the things which belong to 
their eternal peace, a knowledge of the Church, and the way of 
salvation. 

The number of communicants in Christ Church, Manlius, is at 
present more than sixty, with a fair prospect, in a short time, of 
more than a hundred, by the ordinary blessing of Almighty God. 
The village contains upwards of one hundred families, of whom 
the greater part make the welfare of the Church a matter of 
common interest. 

Besides attention to this place, he has occasionally performed 
Divine service in Lenox, Madison county ; Pompey, Tully, and 
Preble, Cortlandt county ; and in the latter place, in March last, 
organized a church, by the name of St. Paul's Church, Tully and 
Preble. In September, he administered the Holy Communion to 
twelve persons, and thinks, from the Christian disposition of many 
more, that shortly the communicants of that Church may be 
numerous ; the number of families who have attached themselves 
to it, are not less than fifty. 

In Lenox a society will be organized within the present month j 
and in many other places, of Onondaga, Madison, and Cortlandt 
counties. Episcopalians are sufficiently numerous to form societies. 
He thinks it of the utmost importance, that there should be an as- 
sistant missionary for this part of the country ;* or that the Rev. 

* The Rev. Mr. Gear is appointed for this purpose. 



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Mr. Gear, may be permitted to continue his labours in conjunction 
with his own. 

The church in the village of Eaton requires attention — the 
place is important. Skaneateles, too, is an important place. 

With these places, taking Paris into the account, which ought 
not to be forgotten, together with Onondaga, Pompey, and Caze- 
novia, there are, or shortly will be formed, seven or eight churches, 
which must afford abundant employment for both Mr. Gear and 
himself. 

He expresses the hope, that, by God's grace and blessing, they 
will be able to give a good account of the future growth and 
prosperity of the Church in this quarter. 

In the course of this year he has administered the ordinance of 
Baptism to seventy-two persons ; adults 16, infants 56 — 72 ; mar- 
riages, 3 ; deaths, 2. 



The Rev. James Thompson, Missionary in Delaware and Greene 
counties, in his letter to the Bishop, reports, that he has officiated 
at Stamford and Harpersfield one-half of the time, one-quarter at 
Greenville, and one-quarter at Windham and Lexington. It is 
snpposed double the number of people attend Church at Stamford 
this year. Finishing the church has been of great advantage to 
that congregation; seriousness and attention to religion, with 
fervour of devotion, have generally prevailed in the congregation; 
thirteen more have been added to the Communion this year; 
several others have been awakened to a sense of their duty, and, 
he trusts, will soon be prepared publicly to profess their faith in 
Christ, by coming to the Communion. 

He has spent much time in religious visits with the people, and 
has laid before them the necessity of evangelical repentance, and 
a living faith in the Son of God, and the fruits of faith. He has 
done the same at Greenville, Windham, and Lexington. At 
Windham, the latter part of August, there was an awakened 
attention to religion ; several, he trusts, will be added to the 
Communion ; previous to this, three were added to the Commu- 
nion. The old professors of religion feel more zeal and love for 
the Church, and have resolved to build a church ; and subscrip- 
tions are opened to raise money for that purpose, and a consider- 
able sum has been subscribed. At Greenville, also, there are some 
in that congregation under serious impressions ; but/ two have 
been added to the Communion this year; but, he /trusts, that, 
through the influence of the Holy Spirit, others Avill soon be 
prepared. '*^ 

He has preached frequently three times on Sunday, has preached 
25 lectures, baptised 25 children and infants, and one adult; 



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catechised many children, preached the missionary sermon in his 
congregations. 

He has been more laborious this year in his ministerial duties 
than the last, by reason of the increased attention to religion. 
The Church is increasing in this part of the Diocese. Common 
Prayer Books, religious Tracts, &c., are much wanted. Many 
Common Prayer Books have been bought this year. He observes, 
that good Churchmen cannot be made without Prayer Books. 

St. Peter^s Church, Stamford. Communicants, 42 ; families, 
about 40 ; baptisms, infants 19, adult 1 — 20 ; marriages, 4 ; 
funeral, 1. One communicant died, and two removed. 

Christ Church, Greenville. Communicants, 28 ; families, 
about 20. 

Trinity Church, Windham. Communicants, 26 ; families, 33 ; 
funeral, (communicant,) 1. \ 

The Rev. Russel Wheeler, officiating Minister and Missionary, 
Butternutts, Unadilla, and parts adjacent, reports, that the con- 
gregation of Butternutts, for the year past, has grown in numbers, 
and, he would hope, in " grace, and in the knowledge of our 
Lord Jesus Christ." The audience is numerous and respectable, 
and the church is usually crowded. 

Communicants, about 70 ; baptisms, 15. 

The congregation of Unadilla has increased the year past. Pious 
people appear to be animated and encouraged ; and the prospect 
of the growth of the Church in this place, to a very respectable 
number, is very flattering. 

Communicants, 24; baptisms, 12. 

He visited the church at Ochquaga Hills on the Lord's day, 
and on other days. This congregation, which has been distin- 
guished for its " godly simplicity and zeal," is not declining in 
this evangelical spirit. They still rejoice in the extensive spread 
which the Church is now making through the means of clerical 
exertion. 

Communicants, 22 ; baptisms, 4. 

He visited, on the Lord's day, the Church at New Berlin. He 
was informed by the people, that as soon as the building which 
is now erecting should be completed, all the seats would probably 
be occupied. The labours of the Rev. Mr. Lacey, who gives 
them regular service, are highly useful to them. 

He visited on the Lord's day, and on other days. Episcopal 
families in Franklin. Sunday, March 5, 1815, he performed 
Divine service to a numerous auditory. The real friends of our 
Zion in this place usually attend Church at Unadilla. 

He has made a number of visits, on "missionary duty," in 



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Corentry, Chenango county. November 30, 1814, a church v?as 
organized under his direction. 

The number of families, were 17 ; baptisms, 12. 

In this place he was received with true gratitude. The Epis- 
copalians were animated at the event of organization. The 
prospect of doing good here is great. The friends of the Church 
are emigrants from congregations in Connecticut. They only 
want quickening, and strengthening, and warning, not to disho- 
nour the Cathohc faith. 

The Rev. Alanson W. Welton, Missionary in Ontario county, 
and parts adjacent, reports — That since the date of his last report, 
he has spent his time, as before, in visiting the several churches, 
as he thought expedient. He has spent eight Sundays at Canan- 
daigua, nine at Richmond (formerly Honeyoye), seven at Victor, 
four at Clifton Springs, six at Avon, three at Batavia, two at 
Sheldon, four at Pulteneyville, and one at Catharine Town. He 
exchanged with the Rev. Orin Clark, who has performed Divine 
service for him, three Sundays at Canandaigua, one at Clifton 
Springs, and once at Pulteneyville. One Sunday also, he was 
detained at Manlius by the badness of the roads, when on a visit 
to that place, to attend a meeting of the "Auxiliary Bible and 
Common Prayer Book Society of the Western District." Besides 
performing Divine service on Sundays and holy-days, he has 
given a large number of lectures at the different places. 

Baptisms, adults 8, infants 37 — 45. 

The number of churches is rapidly increasing; many more 
might be organized within a short time, had we missionaries 
to supply them. 

The Rev. Wilham B. Lacey, Missionary in Chenango county, 
and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop, that since last Conven- 
tion he has performed Divine service four Sundays in St. Paul's 
Church, Paris ; four Sundays in St. Luke's Church, Richfield ; 
two Sundays in Trinity Church, Eaton ; one Sunday in Lebanon ; 
twenty-five Sundays in St. Paul's Church, Oxford ; one Sunday 
in St. Luke's Church, Windsor 5 thirteen Sundays in St. Andrew's 
Church, New Berlin ; one Sunday in Binghamton, and one in 
Norwich. Besides officiating at the stated times in the churches 
in Oxford and New Berhn on the Lord's day, he has given lec- 
tures on Sunday evenings, at different places in the exterior of 
those towns; and has performed service, on week days, in Sanger- 
jfield. Lisle, Windsor, Coventry, Norwich, Preston, and Columbus ; 
has attended ten funerals, and administered baptism to four adults, 
and twenty children. 



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In the places he has visited, the prospects of the Church are 
encouraging : the congregations are large and attentive ; and 
nothing seems wanting, under the Divine blessing, to attach them 
truly to our doctrine and method of worship but the regular min- 
istrations of an active and pious ministry. Two church edifices 
have been recently erected in the villages of Oxford and New 
Berlin ; the exterior of both is nearly finished, and their interior 
will probably be completed next summer. 

The Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, Deacon, Missionary in Onondaga 
county, and the counties adjacent, writes to the Bishop, that, 
before he came into this part of the Diocese, in August last, he 
visited, according to directions, the Rev. Mr. Jewett, and per- 
formed Divine service one Sunday at Granville ; one at Ticon- 
deroga, in Essex county ; one at Sandy Hill ; and that one Sun- 
day he exchanged with Mr. Jewett, who officiated for him at 
Granville ; and likewise, that he assisted Mr. Jewett in laying 
the corner stone of a new church in Granville. 

He has preached several lectures on week days, since he enter- 
ed upon the duties of a missionary. Since then, he has performed 
Divine service, one Sunday at Tully, one at Eaton, one at Skan- 
eateles, one at Lenox ; and has exchanged with the Rev. Mr. O. 
Clark, one Sunday, who officiated for hun at Tully. 



The Clergy were called on for their parochial reports, required 
by the 45th canon of the General Convention, which were pre- 
sented and read ; and, as required by said canon, inserted on the 
Journals. 



Si. George's Church, Hempstead, and Korth Hempstead ; the 
Rev. Seth Hart, Rector. — Marriages, 51; baptisms, 17; burials, 
20 ; communicants, about 120. 

V- St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn; the Rev. John P. K. Henshaw, 
Deacon, officiating Minister. — Baptisms, adults 3, infants 21 — 24; 
communicants, removed and deceased 15, added since last report 
22, — present number, 129 ; marriages, 9 ; funerals, adults 10, 
infants 11—21. 

Trinity Church, JVew Rochelle ; the Rev. Theodosius Bartow, 
Rector. — Baptisms, 9; marriages, 4; funerals, 4; communi- 
cants, 20. 



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Trinity Church, Geneva, Ontario county ; the Rev. Orin Clark, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 3, infants, 15—18 ; funerals, 5 ; com- 
municants, 30. 

St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island ; the Rev. David Moore, 
officiating Minister. — Families, 320 ; funerals, 28 ; marriages, 
14; baptisms, 44; commmiicants, 260. 

St. Stephen^ s Church, Jfew York ; the Rev. Henry J. Feltus, 
Rector. — Communicants, 378 ; baptisms, adults 12, children 109-^ 
121 ; marriages, 37. 

Caroline Church, Brookhaven ; the Rev. Charles Seabury, 
Rector. — Marriages, 4 ; funerals, 10 ; communicants, 8. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers; the Rev. Ehas Cooper, Rec- 
tor.* — Baptisms, adults 3, children 16 — 19 ; communicants, 59 ; 
marriages, 7 ; burials, 9. 

I have visited the churches of Bedford and Salem once. 

St. Peter's Church, Auburn, Cayuga county; Rev. Daniel 
M'Donald.* — On the first Sunday after Easter, 1814, I com- 
menced my ministerial labours in the parish of St. Peter's, Aurelius. 
One-fourth part of my time was dedicated to Skaneateles, imtil 
the end of that year. During the current year, I have been em- 
ployed in St. Peter's Church, Auburn, as a settled clergyman, 
having received from the Vestry, an invitation to be instituted 
rector. 

On the 2d Sunday of Lent, I officiated at Canandaigua. On 
the 15th after Trinity of the present year, I held church on the 
Indian Fields, Genoa. 

On the 4th of September, I organized a church, by the name of 
" St. Andrew's," on the Indian Fields, Genoa, with the prospect 
of a flourishing parish. The number of families now attached to 
that church, is from fifteen to twenty, ^with a fair prospect of 
additions, whenever they can have the ministrations of the Church. 

Families, 40 ; communicants, 30. Baptisms : Skaneateles, 
infants, 3 ; Aurelius, infants 13, adults 2, 15 ; Genoa, infants 8, 
adults 2, 10 ; — 28. Marriages, 4 ; funerals, 10. 

I have the pleasure of being able to state, that the parish of St. 
Peter's is increasing in numbers. 

Christ Church, Hudson ; the Rev. G. T. Bedell, Deacon, offi- 
ciating Minister. — He began his services in this church last spring ; 
since when there have been — baptisms, 4 ; funerals, 2 ; commu- 
nicants, 25. 

*■ This report was sent to the Ck>nvention. 



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St. Paulas Church, Charlton; the Rev. David Huntington, 
officiating Minister. — Baptisms, adults 2, infants 16 — 18 ; mar- 
riages, 4 ; deaths, 7 ; there has been, since the last Convention, 
an accession to the number of communicants, which, at present, 
is about 40 ; famihes, 50. 

I have performed Divine service in the vacant churches at Still- 
water and Duanesburgh. 

iS"^. James^ Church, Hyde Park; the Rev. John M'Vickar, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 9, children 23 — 32; deaths, adults 4, 
children 6 — 10; communicants, 53. 

St. James' Church, JYewtown ; [the Rev. E. M. Johnson, 
Deacon, officiating Minister. — Communicants, 38 ; baptisms, 
adults 23, infants 9 — 32 ; funerals, 3 ; marriages, 9. 

Parish of Trinity Church, containing Trinity Church, and St. 
Paul's, and St. John's Chapels, JYew York ; the Right Rev. John 
H. Hobart, D. D., Assistant Rector. — Baptisms, 170 ; marriages, 
53 J burials, 535 ; communicants, about 700. 

Grace Church, JN'ew York ; the Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., 
Rector. — Baptisms, 24 ; marriages, 12 ; communicants, 150. 

There is no register of burials at this church, there being no 
cemeteiy attached or belonging to it. 

St. George's Church, JYew York ; the Rev. John Kewley, 
M. D., Rector. — Marriages, 21 ; funerals, 16 ; baptisms, 21. 

St. Paul's Church, Troy ; the Rev. David Butler, Rector.* — 
Baptisms, infants 42, adults 10 — 52 ; marriages, 8 ; burials, 18 ; 
communicants, 78 ; deaths, 7. 

I have performed Divine service in the church at Stillwater, 
where I baptised one infant, and administered the Holy Com- 
munion to 12 persons. 

Trinity Church, Athens, and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill ; 
the Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector. — Baptisms, 44; marriages, 12; 
funerals, 14 ; communicants, 62. 

St. Andrew's Church, Orange county; the Rev. William 
Powell, officiating Minister. — Baptisms, 7 ; communicants, 46 ; 
marriages, 4 ; funerals, 5. 

St. Mark's Church, Bowery, JVew York ; the Rev. William 
Harris, D. D., Rector. — Communicants, between 70 and 80; 
baptisms,^. 

* This report yt&s sent to the Convention. 



324 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816. 

Trinity Church, Lansinghurgh, and Grace Church, Water- 
ford ; the Rev. Parker Adams, Rector.* — Baptisms, 12 ; mar- 
riages, 5 ; funerals, 9 ; communicants, 39. 

I have performed Divine service one Sunday at Stillwater, and 
one at Sandy Hill. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; the Rev. John Reed, Rector. — 
Families, about 100 ; communicants, 120 ; baptisms, 30 ; mar- 
riages, 11. 

Christ Church, Rye; the Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector. — 
Communicants, 55; baptisms, 14; deaths, 11; marriages, 17. 

St. Peter'' s Church, West Chester, and St. Paul's Church, East 
Chester ; the Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector. — Baptisms, 
14 ; marriage, 1 ; deaths, 3 ; communicants, 60. 

St. George^s Church, Flushing ; the Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, 
Rector. — Baptisms, 15 ; marriages, 7 ; burials, 9 ; communicants, 
additions 8 ; deaths and removals, 13. 

St. John^s Church, Johnstovm ; the Rev. Eli Wheeler, Rector. 
— He conmienced his ministerial labours in this church on Sunday, 
April 12, 1815 ; since virhich time there have been — ^baptisms, 15; 
funerals, 4 ; communicants, 15. 

St. George's Church, Schenectady ; the Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, 
Rector. — Baptisms, 47 ; marriages, 2Q ; funerals, 10 ; communi- 
cants, 64. 

I have performed Divine service at Duanesburgh, and baptised 
four children. 

Trinity Church, Utica; the Rev. A. G. Baldwin, Rector. 
— Baptisms, children 29, adults 2 — 31 ; communicants, 55; mar- 
riages, 10. 

The congregation and communicants have considerably in- 
creased within a year and a half. I have, during the last summer, 
performed a third service on Sunday evenings, in Deerfield, two 
miles from Utica, where there has been a pretty good attendance. 
I expect to continue this arrangement. 

St. Peter's Church, Albany ; the Rev. Timothy Clowes, Rec- 
tor. — Baptisms, adults 9, infants 95 — 104 ; marriages, 19 ; com- 
municants, about 120. 

I have performed Divine service in the church at Duanesburgh 
agreeably to appointment, and administered the Holy Sacrament 
to about 15 persons, and baptised three infants. 

* This report was sent to the Convention. 



1815.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 326 

Grace Church, Jamaica ; the Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, offi- 
ciating Minister. — Baptisms, adults 3, infants 11 — 14; marriages, 
4 ; funerals, 5 ; communicants, about 34. 

St. PavTs Church, Ballston Spa, and St, James* Church, 
Milton; the Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector. — Baptisms, adults 3, 
infants 48 — 51 j increase of communicants, 4 ; marriages, 6 ; fu- 
nerals, 13. 

St. James* Church, Goshen ; the Rev. William Powell, offi* 
elating Minister. — Baptisms, infants 5, adults 2 — 7j communi- 
cants, 12 ; marriages, 2 ; funerals, 2. 

The Rev. Adam Empie, Chaplain in the Military Academy, 
West Point, reports, — That in compliance with the appointments 
made at the last Convention, he has performed Divine service, 
and preached, two Sundays at Philipstown, and two Sundays at 
Peekskill ; in each of which places he administered the Holy 
Communion ; of the advantages of which, they had, for more than 
two years, been deprived. 

Christ Church, Hampton; the Rev. Stephen Jewett, officiating 
Minister. — Baptisms, adults 2, children 13 — 15 ; funerals, 7. 

In the vicinity of Hampton. Baptisms, adult 1, children 9 — 10; 
funerals, 4 ; marriages, in Hampton and vicinity, 7. 

Since my last return, six communicants have died, and six 
have removed. Our present number in this town is 50 ; to 
which may be added, between 20 and 30 more, from neighbour-- 
ing towns. An increasing attention to religion is discernible in 
this parish. 

In Granville and its vicinity. Baptisms, adults 8, children 
13 — 21; funerals, 5; marriages, 3. 

The number of communicants who consider themselves as be- 
longing to this Society, is about 40, and more than half of whom 
live in the town adjoining Granville. 

The Society in Granville has been organized but a few months. 
A handsome church edifice is building, and will, if no accident 
prevent, be ready for consecration early next spring. 

It is but justice to observe, that the contributions for building 
this church have been liberal, almost beyond a parallel. 

In this parish, primitive truth, and practical piety, seem to be 
making, if not rapid, at least permanent advances. 

Christ Church, Mw York; the Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector.— 
Marriages, 37 j baptisms, 95 ; communicants, 225. 



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JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1815. 



The united Parishes of St. Michael's, Bloomingdale, and St. 
James\ Hamilton Square, JVeio York; the Rev. Samuel F. 
Jaryis, Rector. — 5'^. Michael's, Bloomingdale. Baptisms, 5; 
burial, 1 ; marriages, 4 ; communicants, 30. 

St. James', Hamilton Square. Baptisms, 4; communicants, 
not included in the parochial reports of other churches, 10. 

Collection for the Bishop's Fund in the two churches, $47 19. 
Collection for the Missionary Fund in the two churches, $63 21; 
from the young ladies of Mrs. Brenton's school, since the collec- 
tion, $30— $93 21. 

Since the last report a school has been established at Bloom- 
ingdale, in which several poor children are educated at the ex- 
pense of the parish. A school has also been recently established 
in the neighbourhood of St. James' Church, for the instruction of 
blacks; and upwards of thirty, most of whom are adults, are 
already enjoying the advantages it affords. 

While the parish of St. Michael's has received an accession of 
several new members, it has been deprived by death and removal 
of about an equal number. The parish of St. James', on the other 
hand, has been constantly increasing in numbers, and is at present 
in a very flourishing condition. 

The Bishop stated to the Convention, that in the churches at 
Bedford and South Salem, Mr Weller is licensed as a lay reader, 
and has made to him the following report of the state of the con- 
gregations : 

Bedford. The present number of communicants is twenty-four, 
of which, eight were added within the past year. Baptisms by 
sundry clergymen, the year past, twenty-eight ; of which nine 
were adults. 

South Salem. The present number of communicants is ten, of 
which three were added within the past year. Baptisms within 
the past year, seven, of which one was an adult. 

This congregation is small, say 14 or 15 families, and cannot 
be said to have increased much within the year past. 



The following report of the Treasurer of the Convention, stating 
the amount of the Episcopal Fund,* was read : 

" The Treasurer to this Convention, respectfully submits the 
following report, viz. : 

"That he has at present out at interest, on bonds and mortgages, 
belonging to the Episcopal Fund in the State of New York, the 

* The Episcopal Fund, which is formed of the annual collections for the purpose 
m the congregations, is to be pernutted to accumulate, without diminution, until the 
taaual prohts of the fund become adequate to the support of a Bishop. 



1815.] or THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 327 

sum of twelve thousand one hundred and twenty-five dollars 
sixteen cents ; and that there is outstanding for interest, thirty- 
eight dollars fifty cents ; and cash in his hands, the sum of four 
hundred and ninety-seven dollars and thirty-three cents; making in 
the whole together twelve thousand six hundred and sixty dollars 
and ninety-nine cents. 

"GERRIT H. VAN WAGENEN, Treasurer. 
" New York, October 2d, 1 8 1 5." • 

On motion, 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of the Convention be 
presented to . the Treasurer for his faithful services. 

Mr. Gerrit H. Van Wagenen was re-elected, the Treasurer of 
the Convention. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Deputies to the 
General Convention : 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D.D., the Rev. Thomas Y. How, D.D., 
the Rev. David Butler, the Rev. John Kewley, M. D. ; the Hon. 
Rufus King, the Hon. Philip S. Van Rensselaer, Mr. William 
Ogden, Dr. John Onderdonk. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Members of the 
Standing Committee : 

The Rev. John Bowden, D. D., the Rev. William Harris, D. D., 
the Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., the Rev. Thomas Lyell ; Richard 
Harison, Esq., Gen. Matthew Clarkson, Mr. Wilham Ogden, 
Robert Troup, Esq. 

The following persons were chosen, by ballot, Members of the 
Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating 
the Gospel in the State of New York ; of which Committee the 
Bishop is President ex-officio : 

The Rev, John Bowden, D. D., the Rev. Nathanael Bowen, 
D. D., the Rev. Ralph Williston ; Mr. Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, 
Dr. John Onderdonk, Thomas L. Ogden, Esq. 

The following proposed amendment to the first article of the 
Constitution, changing the time of meeting of the Convention, 
was agreed to, and, agreeably to the 8th article of the Constitu- 
tion, must be also adopted at the next Convention before it is 
valid. 

Article 1. There shall be a Convention of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Church in this State, on the third Tuesday in October in 
each vear, &c. &c. 



328 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. [1815. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That in future the names of the Clergy by whom 
sermons shall be preached for the Episcopal and Missionary Funds, 
and the amount of the collections respectively, shall be published 
in the Journals of the Convention. 

Agreeably to the canon of the Church in this State, providing 
for the supply^ of vacant parishes, the Bishop appointed the fol- 
lowing Clergy to supply the vacant congregations annexed to 
their names respectively, at such times as they may deem most 
convenient and proper : 

The Rev. Mr. Seabury, the Rev. Mr. Hart, and the Rev, Mr. 
Onderdonk, Huntington and Islip. 

The Rev. Mr. Cooper, the Rev. Mr. Haskell, and the Rev. 
Mr. M'Vickar, Bedford, Salem, and Patterson. 

The Rev. Mr. Jarvis, Bedford. 

The Rev. Mr. Empie, and the Rev. Mr. Brown, Peekskill and 
Phillipstown. 

The Rev. Mr. Powell, and the Rev. Mr. Brown, Newburgh 
and New Windsor. 

The Rev. Mr. Reed, Peekskill, Phillipstown, and Patterson. 

The Rev. Mr. Prentiss, Stillwater. 

The Rev. Mr. Stebbins, the Rev. Mr. Clowes, the Rev. Mr. 
Huntington, and the Rev. Mr. Perry, Duanesburgh. 

The Rev. Mr. Butler, and the Rev. Mr. Adams, Stillwater and 
Sandy Hill. 

The Rev. Mr. Jewett, Sandy Hill. 

The other congregations which have not settled Clergymen, are 
supphed by missionaries. 

The Convention adjourned. 

JOHN HENRY HOBART, D. D., 

Assistant Bishop of the P. E. Church in the State of New York, and Preaident of the Convention. 

Attested, 
THOMAS LYELL, Secretary. 



THIRTY-FIRST CONVENTION. 



JOURHAI. 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

On the 1st, 2d, and 3d days of October, A. D. 1S16. 



list of tl)c €ler22 anlr 3laa? 3i9clcsat£S 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Bishop of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York, and Rector 
of Trinity Church, in the city of New York. 

The Rev. Parker Adams, Rector of Trinity Church, Lansbg- 
burgh, Rensselaer county, and Grace Church, Waterford, Saratoga 
county. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle, West Chester county. 

The Rev. Gregory T. Bedell, Deacon, Minister of Christ Church, 
Hudson. 

The Rev. WilUam Berrian, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Professor of Rhetoric and 
Moral Philosophy in Columbia College, New York. 

The Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., Rector of Grace Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. John Brown, Minister of St. George's Church, New- 
burgh, Orange county. 



330 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Flushing, Long Island. 

The Rev. Abiel Carter, Deacon, Assistant Minister of Christ 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Timothy Clowes, Rector of St. Peter's Church, Albany. 

The Rev. William Creighton, Deacon, Assistant Minister of 
Grace Church, New York. 

The Rev. Adam Empie, Chaplain, and Professor in the United 
States Military Academy, West Point. 

The Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary, at Rensselaerville, Albany 
county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, Deacon, Missionary in Wash- 
ington county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. William Harris, D. D.,- Rector of St. Mark's Church, 
Bowery, New York. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead, 
Long Island. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, Rye, West 
Chester county. 

The Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., Assistant Rector of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. David Huntington, Rector of St. Paul's Church, 
Charlton, Saratoga county. 

The Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Rector of St. James' Church, 
Hamilton Square, New York. 

The Rev. Evan M. Johnson, Deacon, Minister of St. James* 
Church, Newtown, Long Island. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. Daniel M' Donald, Missionary at Auburn, Cayuga 
county. 

The Rev. John M'Vickar, Rector of St. James' Church, Hyde 
Park, Dutchess county. 

The Rev. James Milnor, Rector of St. George's Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. David Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Staten 
Island. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Missionary, and Rector of the churches 
in Otsego county. 

The Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector of St. James' Church, Milton, 
and Christ Church, Ballstown, Saratoga county. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens, 
and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, Greene county. 



1816.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 331 

The Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, 
Dutchess county. 

The Rev. Charles Seabury, Rector of Caroline Church, Brook- 
haven, and Missionary to Huntington and Islip, Long Island. 

The Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Schenectady. 

The Rev. James Thompson, Missionary, in Greene and Dela- 
ware counties. 

The Rev. Alanson W. Welton, Missionary in Ontario and 
adjacent counties. 

The Rev. Eli Wheeler, Rector of St. John's Church, Johnstown, 
Montgomery county. 

The Rev. Russel Wheeler, Missionary at Butternutts and Una- 
dilla, Otsego county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester. 

The Rev. Ralph Williston, Rector of Zion Church, New York. 

The following Clergy, not regularly entitled to seats, were 
admitted to the sittings of the Convention : 

The Rev. Henry Anthon, Deacon, residing in New York. 

The Rev. Edmund D. Barry, Principal of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Academy, New York, and Minister of St. Matthew's 
Church, Jersey, New Jersey. 

The Rev. Henry Moscrop, residing in New York. 

The Rev. Henri L. P. F. Peneveyre, Minister of the French 
Church Du St. Esprit, New York. 

The Rev. William Powell, Minister of St. John's Church, Yon- 
kers. West Chester county. 

The Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, Deacon, Minister at Turin, Lewis 
county. 

The Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Minister of Grace Church, 
Jamaica, Long Island. 

The Rev. Hugh Smith, Deacon, residing in New York. 

The Rev. Petrus S. Ten Broeck, Deacon, residing in New York. 
The Rev. Joseph Willard, residing in New York. 

The Rev. Roger Searle, of Connecticut. 

The Rev. Le\vis P. Bayard, of New Jersey. 

The Rev. Ravaud Kearny, Deacon, of New Jersey. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

Mhany county. 
Albany, St. Peter's Church, James Gibbons, John Van Ness 
Yates, John Meads, James Gourlay, Thomas W. Ford. 
Rensselaerville, Trinity Church, Ephraim R. Russ. 



332 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816. 

Columbia county. 
Hudsonj Christ Church, William E. Norman, James Fleming. 

Dutchess county. 
Fishkill, Trinity Church, Daniel C. Verplanck, Abraham Mesier. 
Hyde Park, St. James' Church, Samuel Bard. 
Poughkeepsie, Christ Church;, James Emott, William Davies, 
R, S. Street, John L. Fonda. 

Greene county. 
Cattskill, St. Luke's Church, Henry Ashley. 

King's county. 
Brooklyn, St. Ann's Church, Joshua Sands, John H. Moore. 

JVeto York county. 

New York, Trinity Church, Nehemiah Rogers. 

New York, Christ Church, George Dominick, James Jarvisy 
Richard Townsend, Floyd Smith. 

New York, St. Mark's Church, William Ogden, Edward Lyde, 
Clement C. Moore. 

New York, French Church Du St. Esprit, William Johnson, 
Jacob SchiefFelin. 

New York, St. Stephen's Church, Daniel Mersereau, Eliud 
Davis, John Drake. 

New York, St. Michael's Church, Isaac Jones, Valentine Nutter. 

New York, Grace Church, Wright Post, John Slidell, David 
B. Ogden. 

New York, St. James' Church, Peter Sch«rmerhorn, Martin 
Hoffman. 

New York, St. George's Church, Gerrit H. Van Wagenen^ 
James D. L. Walton, Isaac Carow. 

Orange county. 
Newburgh, St. George's Church, Joseph Hoifman. 

Otsego county. 
Butternutts, Harmony Church, Jacob Morris. 

Queen's county. 
Flushing, St. George's Church, Thomas Marston. 
Hempstead, St. George's Church, George Hewlett. 
Jamaica, Grace Church, Daniel Kissam, Andrew Napier. 
Newtown, St. James' Church, Nathaniel Moore, Isaac Bregau, 
John Alsop. 

Rensselaer county. 
Troy, St. Paul's Church, Warren. 



1816.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 333 

Suffolk county. 
Islip, St. John's Church, John T. Champlin. 

West Chester county. 
Bedford and Northcastle, William Jay. 
New Rochelle, Trinity Church, Anthony Norroway. 
North Salem, St. James' Chui-ch, Joshua Purdy. 
Rye, Christ Church, Thomas I. Delancey, Peter J. Munro. 
West Chester, St. Peter's Church, Abijah Hammond. 
Yonkers, St. John's, Church, Henry White, John Bowne. 

The following Clergy, entitled to seats in the Convention, were 
not present during this session : 

The Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Church, Utica, 
Oneida county. 

The Rev. Virgil H. Barber, Minister of Trinity Church, and 
Principal of the Academy Fairfield, Herkimer county. 

The Rev. Thomas Brownell, Missionary, and Professor in 
Union College, Schenectady. 

The Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, 
Rensselaer county. 

The Rev. Orin Clark, Rector of Trinity Church, Geneva, 
Ontario county, and Missionary in parts adjacent. 

The Rev. William A. Clark, Missionary at Manlius, Onondaga 
county, and the counties adjacent. 

The Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, Deacon, Missionary in Onondaga 
county, and counties adjacent. 

The Rev. John P. K. Henshaw, Rector of St. Ann's Church, 
Brooklyn, Long Island. 

The Rev. Stephen Jewett, Missionary in Washington county. 

The Rev. Samuel Johnston Deacon, Missionary. 

The Rev. WilHam B. Lacey, Missionary in Chenango county, 
and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, Missionary at Canandaigua 
Ontario county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. George Weller, Deacon, Missionary in West Chester 
county. 

New Yoek, Tuesday, October 1st, 1816. 

This being the day appointed by the Constitution of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York, for the 
annual meeting of the Convention of the same, and the city of 
New York having been appointed by the Bishop as the place 
of meeting, the Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Bishop of 
the Protestant Episcopal Church in this State, and several of the 



334 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [I8I6. 

Clergy and Lay Delegates, attended, at half-past 10 o'clock a. ji., 
in Trinity Church. 

Morning service was performed by the Rev. John Reed, Rec- 
tor of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; and a sermon, adapted to 
the occasion, preached by the Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Rector of 
St. James' Church, Hamilton Square, New York. The Holy 
Communion was then administered by the Bishop. 

After the religious services, the Convention assembled, and a 
list of the Clergy being called over, agreeably to the second canon 
of this Church, of 1803, the following Clergy answered to their 
names, and took their seats, viz. : 

The Rev. Parker Adams, Rector of Trinity Church, Lansing- 
burgh, Rensselaer county, and Grace Church, Waterford, Saratoga 
county; Rev. Gregory T. Bedell, Deacon, Minister of Christ 
Church, Hudson ; Rev. William Berrian, an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York; Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Professor 
of Rhetoric and Moral Philosophy in Columbia College, New 
York ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., Rector of Grace Church, 
New York ; Rev. John Brown, Minister of St. George's Church, 
Newburgh, Orange county; Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. 
George's Church, Flushing, Long Island; Rev. Abiel Carter, 
Deacon, Assistant Minister of Christ Church, New York ; Rev. 
Timothy Clowes, Rector of St. Peter's Church, Albany ; Rev. 
William Creighton, Deacon, Assistant Minister of Grace Church, 
New York ; Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, 
New York; Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary at Rensselaerville, 
Albany county, and parts adjacent ; Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, 
Deacon, Missionary in Washington county, and parts adjacent ; 
Rev. William Harris, D. D., Rector of St. Mark's Church, Bowery, 
New York; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Chm-ch, 
Hempstead, Long Island ; Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ 
Church, Rye, West Chester county; Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., 
Assistant Rector of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. David Hunt- 
ington, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Charlton, Saratoga county ; 
Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Rector of St. James' Church, Hamilton 
Square, New York ; Rev. Evan M. Johnson, Deacon, Minister of 
St. James' Church, Newtown, Long Island ; Rev. Thomas Lyell, 
Rector of Christ Church, New York ; Rev. Daniel M'Donald, 
Missionary at Auburn, Cayuga county ; Rev. John M'Vickar, 
Rector of St. James' Church, Hyde Park, Dutchess county ; Rev. 
James Milnor, Rector of St. George's Church, New York ; Rev. 
Daniel Nash, Missionary in Otsego county, and Rector of the 
churches in the same ; Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, an Assistant 
Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Joseph Perry, Rec- 



1816,] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 336 

tor of St. James' Church, Milton, and Christ Church, Ballstown, 
Saratoga county; Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, 
Athens, and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, Greene county j Rev. 
John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess 
coimty ; Rev. Charles Seabury, Rector of Caroline Church, 
Brookhaven, and Missionary to Huntington and Islip, Long 
Island; Rev, Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Chiu"ch, 
Schenectady ; Rev. James Thompson, Missionary in Greene and 
Delaware counties; Rev. Eli "Wheeler, Rector of St. John's 
Church, Johnstown, Montgomery county ; Rev. Russel Wheeler, 
Missionary at Butternutts and Unadilla, Otsego county, and parts 
adjacent ; Rev. Ralph Williston, Rector of Zion Church, New 
York. 

Certificates of the appointment of Lay Delegates were read and 
approved, and the following took their seats : 

From St. Peter's Church, Albany, James Gibbons, John Van 
Ness Yates, John Meads, James Gourlay, Thomas W. Ford ; from 
Trinity Church, Rensselaer ville, Albany county, Ephraim B. 
Russ ; from Christ Church, Hudson, William E. Norman, James 
Fleming ; from Trinity Church, Fishkill, Dutchess county, Daniel 
C. Verplanck, Abraham Mesier ; from St. James' Church, Hyde 
Park, Dutchess county, Samuel Bard ; from Christ Church, Pough- 
keepsie, Dutchess county, James Emott, William Davies, R. S. 
Street, John L. Fonda; from St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, Greene 
county, Henry Ashley ; from St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Long 
Island, Joshua Sands, John H. Moore ; from Trinity Church, New 
York, Nehemiah Rogers; from Christ Church, New York, George 
Dominick, James Jarvis, Richard Townsend, Floyd Smith ; from 
St. Mark's Church, Bowery, New York, William Ogden, Edward 
Lyde, Clement C. Moore; from the French Church Du St. Esprit, 
New York, William Johnson, Jacob SchiefFelin ; from St. Ste- 
phen's Church, New York, Daniel Mersereau, Eliud Davis; 
from St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, New York, Isaac 
Jones ; from Grace Church, New York, Wright Post, John 
Slidell, David B. Ogden; from St. James' Church, Hamilton 
Square, New York, Peter Schermerhorn ; from St. George's 
Church, New York, Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, James D, L. 
Walton ; from St. George's Church, Newburgh, Orange county, 
Joseph Hoffman ; from Harmony Church, Butternutts, Otsego 
county, Jacob Morris ; from St. George's Church, Flushing, Long 
Island, Thomas Marston ; from St. George's Church, Hempstead, 
Long Island, George Hewlett ; from Grace Church, Jamaica, 
Long Island, Daniel Kissam, Andrew Napier ; from St. James' 
Church, Newtown, Long Island, Nathaniel Moore, Isaac Bregau, 
John Alsop J from St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer county, 



336 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816. 

Warren; from St. John's Church, Islip, Long Island 

John T. Champlin ; from the Church at Bedford and Northcastle, 
West Chester county, Wilham Jay ; from St. James' Church, 
North Salem, West Chester county, Joshua Purdy ; from Christ 
Church, Rye, West Chester coimly, Thomas I. Delancey ; from 
St. John's Church, Yonkers, West Chester county, Henry White, 
John Bowne. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, the late Secretary of the Convention, 
declined a re-election to that office. 

On motion, 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of this Convention be 
given to the Rev. Mr. Lyell, for his services as Secretary. 

The Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk was elected Secretary of the 
Convention. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the ministers of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church, not regularly entitled to seats in this Convention, be 
admitted to the sittings thereof. 

Agreeably to the foregoing resolution, the following Clergy 
took their seats : 

The Rev. Henry Anthon, Deacon, New York ; Rev. Edmund 
D. Barry, Principal of the Protestant Episcopal Academy, New 
York, and Minister of St. Matthew's Church, Jersey, New Jersey ; 
Rev. Ravaud Kearney, Deacon, New York ; Rev. Henri L. P. F. 
Peneveyre, Minister of the French Church, Du St. Esprit, New 
York; Rev. William Powell, Minister of St. John's Church, 
Yonkers, West Chester county ; Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, Deacon, 
Minister at Turin, Lewis county ; Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Min- 
ister of Grace Church, Jamaica, Long Island ; Rev. Hugh Smith, 
Deacon, New York ; Rev. Petrus S. Ten Broeck, Deacon, New 
York ; Rev. Joseph Willard, New York ; Rev. Lewis P. Bayard, 
of New Jersey. 

Tte Convention adjourned until to-morrow morning, at half- 
past 9 o'clock. 

Wednesday October 2d. 
The Convention met accordmg to adjournment. 

IMvine service was celebrated by the Rev. Samuel Fuller, 
Missionary. 



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The Convention then came to order. '« 

The following Clerg)', entitled to seats in the Convention, not 
present yesterday, appeared, and took their seats : 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle, West Chester county ; Rev. Adam Empie, Chaplain, 
and Professor in the United States Military Academy, West Point; 
Rev. David Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island; 
Rev. Alanson W. Welton, Missionary in Ontario and adjacent 
counties; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester. 

Valentine Nutter, a Lay Delegate from St. Michael's Church, 
Bloomingdale, New York ; Isaac Carow, a Lay Delegate from St. 
George's Church, New York ; John Drake, a Lay Delegate from 
St. Stephen's Church, New York ; Peter J. Munro, a Lay Dele- 
gate from Christ Church, Rye, West Chester county; Abijah 
Hammond, Lay Delegate from St. Peter's Church, West Chester ; 
and Anthony Norroway, Lay Delegate from Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle, West Chester county, appeared, and having produced 
satisfactory testimonials of their respective appointments, took 
their seats. 

Agreeably to the resolution of yesterday, admitting ministers of 
this Church, not regularly entitled to seats, to the sittings of the 
Convention, the Rev. Henry Moscrop, of New York, and the Rev. 
Roger Seai'le, of Connecticut, took their seats. 

The minutes of the proceedings of yesterday were read, and 
approved. 

Certificates were read, of the incorporation of St. Andrew's 
Church, Genoa, Cayuga county ; Zion Church, Onondaga, Onon- 
daga county ; St. Stephen's Church, Smithfield, Madison county ; 
and St. Paul's Church, Durham, Greene county ; and said churches 
were severally received into union with this Convention. 

Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, the 
Right Rev. Bishop Hobart delivered the following address : 

MY BRETHREN OF THE CLERGY AND LAITY, 

I proceed to lay before you a statement of the affairs in this Diocese since 
the last annual Convention ; and of its present situation. 

Holy Orders have been conferred on the following persons : — The order of 
Deacons, on Charles W. Hamilton ; Henri L. P. F. Peneveyre, from the 
Protestant Church of Lucerne, Switzerland; Thomas C Brownell, Professor in 
Union College; Henry U. Onderdonk, M. D. ; Ravaud Kearny; Petrus S. Ten 



338 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816. 

Broeck; George Waller; James F. Hull, of New Orleans; Samuel Johnston ; 
Joshua M. Rogers; Hugh Smith; and Henry Anthon: and Priests' orders, on 
the following Deacons, — John Brown, William B. Lacey, Henri L. P. F. 
Peneveyre, Henry U. Onderdonk, John P. K. Henshaw, James F. Hull, and. 
Thomas C. Brownell. 

Of the above, the Rev. Mr. Hamilton is employed as a Missionary in 
Washington and Essex counties ; the Rev. Mr. Peneveyre officiates in the 
French Church Du St. Esprit, in the city of New York ; the Rev. Professor 
Brownell performs service occasionally in Union College, and acts also as a 
Missionary in the vacant congregations in the vicinity of Schenectady ; the 
Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk is employed as a Missionary at Canandaigua and 
parts adjacent ; the Rev. George Weller performs missionary duties in West 
Chester and Putnam counties; the Rev. Samuel Johnston, in Batavia and 
parts adjacent; the Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, at Turin and parts adjacent; the 
Rev. John Brown has removed from Fishkill, and is appointed Rector ol St. 
George's Church at Newburgh ; the Rev. Mr. Lacey is the Missionary at 
Oxford and other places in Chenango county ; the Rev. Mr. Henshaw was 
instituted in July last. Rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn ; and the Rev. 
Mr. Hull has returned to New Orleans, to take charge of Christ Church in 
that city. The congregation of which Mr. Hull has the charge, have, I am 
informed, erected a building for worship, which does great credit^ to their taste 
and munificence. The prospect of establishing a Protestant Episcopal congre- 
gation at New Orleans, must excite the lively interest of the friends of the 
Church ; as this event may lead to the formation of congregations in other 
parts of that territory. 

The Rev. Mr. Powell has removed from Goshen, and officiates at the parish 
of St. John's, Yonkers. 

Previously to the last Convention, the Rev. George Boyd removed to Ine 
Diocese of Pennsylvania ; the Rev. Parker Adams was instituted Rector of 
Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, and Grace Church, Waterford ; and the Rev. 
Joseph Prentiss, Rector of St. Luke's Church, Cattskill. 

On the second Sunday of last month I visited St. Andrew's Church, Stalen 
Island, and instituted the Rev. David Moore Rector thereof ; and on Monday 
last, I instituted the Rev. James Milnor, from the Diocese of Pennsylvania, 
B«ctor of St. George's Church, in the city of New York. The Rev. John 
Kewley, M. D., formerly Rector of that church, has removed to Europe; and 
the Rev. John Brady, formerly Assistant Minister of the same, has removed :o 
another Diocese. 

In noticing the changes in the Diocese since our last meeting, you have 
probably anticipated my recording the decease of its late Diocesan, the Right 
Rev. Benjamin Moore, D. D. The remembrance of his talents and his learning, 
his insinuating eloquence, his faithful labours, and his exemplary piety and 
virtues, will long be cherished by us, and by the Diocese, with affectionate 
veneration. 

I must also record the decease of one of the oldest presbyters in the State, 



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the Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of St. John's Church, Yonkers; where he had, 
for many years, faithfully exercised his ministry. My Brethren of the Clergy, 
there can be no motive more powerful to animate us in our labours, and to 
console us under our trials, than the prospect of those glorious rewards which 
our divine Master hath promised to bestow on us if we zealously and 
faithfully discharge the sacred dutie.s of that ministry which He hath com- 
mitted to us. 

In consequence of the vacancy in the office of Rector of Trinity Church, 
New York, by the decease of Bishop Moore, that office is now filled by me ; 
and the Rev. Dr. How has been appointed Assistant Rector. 

In the month of November last, I visited the congregation at Rensselaerville, 
and consecrated Trinity Church. This is a congregation which has been 
raised within a few years, by the prudent and assiduous labours of the Rev. 
Samuel Fuller, one of our Missionaries. The building has been erected 
entirely by private beneficence, and is neat and convenient. On the 
following day, I held an ordination, and administered Confirmation to 20 
persons. 

In the same month, I visited the congregations of Philipstown and Peeks- 
kill. 

In the month of November, I attended at Philadelphia, and united with the 
Right Rev. Bishop White, of Pennsylvania, and the Right Rev. Bishop Kemp, 
of Maryland, in the gratifying duty of consecrating to the office of Bishop, the 
Rev. John Croes, D. D., Bishop-elect of the Church in New Jersey. 

In the month of February, at the request of the Standing Committee of the 
Church in Connecticut, I visited that Diocese ; administered Confirmation at 
the Church in Bridgeport, to 54 persons; at the Church in Cheshire, to 130 
persons ; and at the Church in New Haven, to 110 persons : and I experienc^'d 
much gratification in consecrating an edifice erected in New Haven, which, for 
size and beauty of structure, stands among the first in our country. 

In November last, St. George's Church, in this city, which had been de- 
stroyed by fire, was rebuilt, and consecrated. 

Confirmation was administered, during the last winter, in the following 
churches in this city: — In Trinity Church, to 116 persons; in St. Paul's 
Chapel, to 124; in St. John's Chapel, to 116; in Grace Church, to 60; in St. 
George's Church, to about 70; in Christ Church, to about 100; in St. Stephen's, 
to about 113; in the Church Du St. Esprit, to 42 persons, principally of the 
congregation of Zion Church, who worship in the afternoon in that church ; 
their own church, which was destroyed by fire, not being yet rebuilt. Con- 
firmation has also been administered in St. Mark's Church, in the Bowery. 

I have administered Confirmation at Bedford, West Chester county, to 20 
persons ; and at Trinity Church, New Rochelle ; and visited the congrega- 
tions at East Chester and North Salem. At the latter place I consecrated the 
church, by the name of St. James' Church. When in that part of the State, 
at the request of the Standing Committee in the Diocese of Connecticut, I 
visited the church at Ridgefield, and administered Confirmation. 



340 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816. 

On the 20th of July, I consecrated a very neat and convenient brick edifice, 
by the name of Trinity Church, in the town of Granville, in Washington 
county, vphere a congregation has been formed, who have displayed unusual 
zeal and liberality in the erection of the church ; and the foUovvin* day. Con- 
firmation was administered to 29 persons. In the same week. Confirmation 
was also administered at Hampton, Ticonderoga, and Sandy Hill ; and on the 
Sunday following, at Troy, Lansingburgh and Waterford. In St. Paul's 
Church, Troy, 78 received Confirmation, principally young persons, many of 
whom, at the first opportunity, came to the Communion. I deem it of import- 
ance to state, that in this congregation, during a season of unusual religious 
excitement, its rector did not find it necessary to deviate in any degree from 
the forms of our Church ; but by more frequency in the use of them, and by 
greater assiduity in his parochial duties and instructions, he was happily 
instrumental in increasing the piety of his flock. Confirmation was administered 
at Stillwater the day after my visitation at Troy ; and the day following at St. 
George's Church, Schenectady, to 33 persons. 

Newburgh, in Orange county, has been visited, and Confirmation administered 
to 37 persons ; and in this place I was gratified with the great increase of the 
congregation, and with the prospect of a building for worship being soon 
erected. Coldenham and Goshen, in the same county, have also been visited, 
and Confirmation administered. 

In the latter end of August and beginning of September, I visited Pough- 
keepsie ; Red Hook, where there is a prospect of an Episcopal congregation 
being established; Durham, Windham, and Greeneville, Greene county; 
Cooperstown, Exeter, Richfield, Butternutts, and Unadilla, Otsego county ; 
New Berlin, Oxford, and Coventry, Chenango county ; Colesville, or Ochquaga 
Hills, and Binghampton, or Chenango Point, Broome county; in most of 
which places Confirmation was administered. 

The whole number of persons confirmed in this Diocese since the last Con- 
vention, including those in the city, amount to about 1000. 

In New Berlin and Oxford, two new churches were consecrated ; the latter 
church in particular, is probably exceeded in neatness and beauty by no church 
in the Western District. The benefactions to it were unusually liberal, some of 
them amounting to 500 dollars. And in the case of the congregation at New 
Berlin, one individual, a farmer of the town, subscribed 800 dollars, and after- 
wards advanced two or three hundred dollars more. These instances of pious 
liberality ought to be recorded as worthy of imitation, and as an evidence that, 
in the new settlements, the people are disposed to exert themselves to procure 
the ordinances of religion. The congregations at New Berlin and Oxford, are 
much indebted for their establishment and prosperity to the exertions of the 
Rev. William B. Lacey, the Missionary in that quarter. 

Several persons have been admitted candidates for Orders since the last 
Convention. 

The rise and increasing prosperity of our Church in the new settlements 
and elswhere, are owing very principally to missionary exertions. So con- 



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siderable is the present number of Missionaries, all of whom are usefully 
employed, that they cannot be supported, unless the contributions of congrega- 
tions to the Missionary Fund be increased. These, during the present year, 
in some congregations, particularly in Trinity Church and its Chapels, in the 
city of New York, have been larger than usual; but the whole amount raised 
•will not be adequate to the support of the Missionaries now engaged, and 
who cannot be discontinued without serious injury to the interests of the 
Church. There are many places also, where additional Missionaries would 
be exceedingly useful, did the funds admit of employing them. 

By sending Clergy to the destitute congregations and new settlements in the 
State, and furnishing them with Bibles and Common Prayer Books for distri- 
bution, we shall make provision for extending evangelical truth, as set forth 
in its primitive purity in the institutions of our Church. An Auxiliary Bible 
and Common Prayer Book Society has been established, during the present 
year, in the city of New York, by young men, who have discovered the 
most laudable enterprise and zeal. They have procured a set of stereotype 
plates of the Book of Common Prayer, and thus rendered an essential service 
to the Church at large, by furnishing a cheap edition of this inestimable for- 
mulary of faith and worship. 

JMy Brethren of the Clergy and Laity, let us, in the spirit of mildness, but 
of zeal, be faithful to the principles of our Church, and diligent in promoting 
their diffusion; and, through God's blessing, we shall thus be instrumental in 
preserving the " faith as it was once delivered to the saints," and in promoting 
the purity and the unitij of Christ's kingdom. 

JOHN HENRY HOBART. 

New York, October 2, 1816. 

The Clergy who were absent from the last Convention, w^ere 
called on for the reasons of their absence, which reasons were 
severally accepted. 

The Bishop, from " the Committee of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church for Propagating the Gospel in the State of New York," 
reported, that the following missionaries are at present employed 
in this Diocese : 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, in Albany and Greene counties ; the 
Rev. William A. Clark, in Onondaga county, and the adjacent 
counties ; the Rev. James Thompson, in Delaware and Greene 
counties ; the Rev. William B. Lacey, principally in Chenango 
county ; the Rev. Russel W^heeler, Unadilla, and parts adjacent ; 
the Rev. Alanson W. Welton, in Ontario county, and the adja- 
cent counties ; the Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, in Onondaga and 
Courtlandt counties, and parts adjacent ; the Rev. Daniel Nash is 
engaged, part of his time, as a missionary ; the Rev. Orin Clark, 
at Geneva, and other congregations in the Western District ; the 



342 JOURNALS OF THE CONVEWTtONS [1816. 

Rev. Daniel M'Donald, at Auburn, and parts adjacent ; the Rev. 
Stephen Jewett, at Hampton and Granville, and parts adjacent ; 
the Rev. Thomas C. Brownell, at the vacant congregations in 
Schenectady and Greene counties ; the Rev. Charles W. Hamil- 
ton, at Sandy Hill, Ticonderoga, and parts adjacent ; the Rev. 
Henry U. Onderdonk, at Canandaigua, and parts adjacent ; the 
Rev. George Weller, Deacon, in West Chester and Putnam 
counties ; the RiV. Samuel Johnston, Deacon, at Batavia, and 
parts adjacent ; the Rev. Joshua Moore Rogers, Deacon, at Turin, 
and parts adjacent ; the Rev. Charles Seabury, at Setauket, IsJip, 
and Huntington, Long Island. 

Mr. Eleazar Wilhams officiates as Catechist and School-mas- 
ter, with zeal and fidelity, and with considerable success, among 
the Oneida tribe of Indians ; and is making progress in preparing 
the Book of Common Prayer for publication in the language of 
the Indian tribes. The money collected for this purpose, remains 
in the hands of Mr. Van Wagenen, the Treasurer of the Com- 
mittee for Propagating the Gospel. 



The Bishop also laid before the Convention the following state- 
ment, containing the substance of the Reports of the Missionaries : 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary at Rensselaerville, and 
parts adjacent, in his letter to the Bishop, reports : — The year past, 
1 have officiated at Rensselaerville two-thirds of the time, and at 
Durham one-third, until the first of June ; since which, I have 
officiated at Rensselaerville one-half of the time, and at Durham 
and Greeneville each one-fourth. 

The convenient and neat little church at Rensselaerville, built 
by Mr. Russ, at the expense of a few individuals, and which was 
consecrated to the service of Almighty God, October 24, 1815, 
was occupied the first time after consecration, on Sunday, the 5th 
of November, following. 

The worship is conducted with order and solemnity, and seven 
persons have been added to the communion. The whole number 
of communicants, in this church, is 30 ; and at Durham, about 
20. The baptisms are, three adults, and seven children. 

Collections for the Missionary Fund. — Rensselaerville, $4 11; 
Durham, |2 95. 

The Rev. William A. Clark, Missionary in Onondaga county, 
and the counties adjacent, writes to the Bishop, as follows : — In 
conjunction with the Rev. Mr. Gear, my attention for the year 
past has been directed to the societies in Manlius, Tully, Onondaga, 



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Skaneateles, and Smithfield. In the three last places, churches 
have been recently organized. 

At Smithfield (called Lenox, in my last year's report) the 
numbers are small, but of the most worthy class, and promise a 
good foundation for a future superstructure. 

In Onondaga, the numbers and the prospects of the Church may 
be judged of, from the fact, that nearly 4000 dollars are already 
raised by subscription, for the purpose of erecting a stone church, 
which will probably be carried into execution the ensuing year. 

At Skaneateles, something more energetic than formerly has 
been done for the erection of a small church, and it is hoped will 
not prove unsuccessful. What will be done in Tully for this 
object, is uncertain ; though the Society is numerous and increas- 
ing, and of its future permanence and growth we entertain the 
strongest expectation. 

In Manlius, during the present year, the Church has had her 
usual increase. The number of communicants is now 70. Not- 
withstanding much opposition, the prospects of the Church are 
fair and promising. 

The number I have baptised is about 30; marriages, 5, deaths, 
3 ; number of communicants in the places named above, except- 
ing Manlius, 40. 

The Rev. James Thompson, Missionary in Delaware and 
Greene counties, .writes to the Bishop in substance as follows : — 
Since I returned home from the last Convention, I have officiated 
one-half of my time at Stamford and Harpersfield, one-quarter at 
Greeneville, and one-quarter at Windham and Lexington ; except 
one Sunday at Rensselaerville, and baptised five children ; one 
Sunday at Athens and Cattskill, and two in Connecticut. Two 
Sundays I was prevented from going to Stamford and Harpers- 
field by reason of the rain. I have frequently officiated three 
times on Sunday. On week days I have preached three lectures 
at Greeneville, eleven at Windham and Lexington, five at Stam- 
ford and Harpersfield. I commenced- evening service at Stam- 
ford, on Sunday, the 10th of December last ; and have continued 
it the greatest part of the time when I officiated there. On these 
occasions, instead of preaching a sermon, I sometimes read some 
of the most important Homilies of the Church ; also some other 
important religious tract; then made some observations on the 
subject to the congregation. 

A Divine blessing has attended my labours this year, amongst 
my scattered flocks ; so far, that twenty-four persons have become 
living members of Christ's Church, and publicly professed their 
faith in Christ, by coming to the Communion. Sixteen persons 
have been added to the communion, in the church at Windham 



344 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816. 

and Lexington, and eight at Greene ville, this year. I find it very 
important to visit those frequently who are under serious im- 
pressions, and are anxiously inquring what thay shall do to be 
saved, to instruct them in the true doctrines of the Church ; for 
this is the only time to make them sound Churchmen. Those im- 
pressions which are then made on their minds, are never eradicated; 
their minds are then cast in the mould of the Liturgy, and in our 
Articles of Faith. 

I have baptised twenty-four children and infants, and one adult ; 
and preached a sermon, according to the second canon of this 
Church, but made no collection for the Episcopal Fund. I have 
also preached a missionary sermon, and made a collection for the 
Missionary Fund, — at Windham, $5 20; at Stamford, ^6 37; 
at Greeneville, $6 43, — whole amount, ^18 00. 

The one thing needful to prepare the soul for heaven, has been 
sought after by many of my hearers. The w^orship of the Church, 
at times, has been very solemn and impressive on the minds of 
the people. When sinners pass from death unto life, and are 
brought out of darkness ^nto God's marvellous light, they then see 
the beauty, the harmony, the spirituality, and excellency of our 
worship, and worship God in spirit and in truth. This may truly 
be said to be the case wuth several of my hearers : they find the 
Common Prayer Book contains the words of eternal life, and is a 
directory to glory and happiness, exhibiting to the renewed mind, 
the distinguishing doctrines of the cross of Christ. 

St. Peter'' s Church, Stamford. Communicants, 42 ; baptisms, 
4 ; marriages, 2. 

Trinity Church, Windham, Sfc. Communicants, 39 ; baptisms, 
5 ; three communicants removed. 

Christ Church, Greeneville. Communicants, 35 ; baptisms, 
infants 10, adult 1 — 11 ; marriages, 2 ; one communicant 
removed. 

The Rev. William B. I^acey, Missionary in Chenango county, 
and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop, that, immediately after 
the Convention, he visited the State of Delaware, and performed 
Divine service, in the county of Sussex, four Sundays, and gave 
several lectures on week days. On his way home, he passed one 
Sunday in the city of New York, where he was ordained Priest, 
and preached twice. Since his return to Chenango county, he 
has performed service twenty-nine Sundays in St. Paul's Church, 
Oxford ; fifteen Sundays in St. Andrew's Church, New Berlin ; 
one Sunday in Colesville, Windsor, county of Broome ; and one 
Sunday he passed in Oxford with the Bishop. Besides, he has 
attended eight funerals, given forty-one lectures on week days, 



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administered the Holy Communion twelve times, baptised sixtieen 
adults and fifty-eight infants, and performed five marriages. 
The congregations to whom he officiates, are flourishing. 

The Rev. Russel Wheeler, officiating Minister and Missionary 
at Butternutts, Unadilla, and parts adjacent, reports generally, 
that his labours for the year past, have proved successful to the 
promotion of religion and the extension of the Church. He has 
had the satisfaction of being the instrument of adding many pious 
persons to our communion, and such as a Christian minister may 
correctly hope " shall be saved." He has indeed witnessed in 
experiment, that much good is done to the souls of men, in the 
benevolent work of carrying the Book of Common Prayer to 
those who have it not. He remarks, that the gift of the Holy 
Bible is truly incomparable ; but the bestowment of a volume 
embracing the doctrine of the Reformation in the Thirty-nine 
Articles, a view of the Protestant Episcopacy, the rites and sacra- 
ments of the Church, and the order of her worship, has proved a 
source of instruction, and a mean of conviction and comfort to 
many within the limits of his mission. 

The congregation of Butternutts is numerous and increasing. 
There appears the life and power of religion among the members 
of this communion. The services of the Church are performed 
with interest, devotion, and zeal : the doctrine of her Apostolic 
Ministry gains on the faith and the affection of the people. 

Communicants, about 90 ; increase the last year, 20 ; bap- 
tisms, 20. 

Two years ago, the church at Unadilla was in its infantine 
state, and only known on the books of the Convention as organized. 
It is now increased to a very considerable congregation. A spirit 
of real piety distinguishes the performance of our worship. For 
some months past, there has been an increased attention to the 
subject of religion and the service of the Church ; young people 
are awakened from the sleep of delusion, to a sense of the danger 
of " living without God in the world." 

There will be added to the Holy Communion, at the next cele- 
bration, about twenty persons. 
Communicants, 28 ; baptisms, 12. 

He has visited, on the Lord's day and other days, the churches 
at Windsor, Broome county ; at Coventry, Chenango county ; 
and the Church societies in Masonville and Franklin, in the county 
of Delaware. In all these places, the cause of religion and the 
interests of the Church are truly successful \ the field is extensive, 
and the prospect of doing good in the vineyard of our Lord is 
animating. 

Communicants in all these places, about 40 j baptisms, 15. 



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The Rev. Alanson W. Walton, Missionary in Ontario county, 
and the counties adjacent, writes to the Bishop, as follows : — Since 
my return to my missionary duties, I have performed Divine service 
at Canandaigua, and once have exchanged with the Rev. Orin 
Clark, who officiated in that place for me. At Richmond I have 
spent sixteen Sundays, at Batavia ten, at Avon six, at Victor one, 
at Pulteneyville four, at Catharine Town two, and at Sheldon 
three. 

The churches in these several places are all of them increasing, 
and need only a little additional assistance from missionaries, to 
enable them to become highly respectable. The number of com- 
municants has considerably increased since last year. 

With respect to the churches at Canandaigua, Victor, and 
Clifton Springs, I can say nothing in particular. Since the arrival 
of the Rev. Mr. Onderdonk at the former of these places, his 
services among them have been unwearied and most useful. 
Many more churches should be organized ; and I earnestly hope 
that some plan will, at the present Convention, be adopted, by 
which this can be effected. 

Baptisms, adults 7, infants 31 — 38; marriages, 3; funerals, 5. 

The Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, Missionary in Onondaga and 
Courtlandt counties, and parts adjacent, reports, that he has per- 
formed Divine service eleven Sundays at Tully, ten Sundays at 
Eaton, nine Sundays at Skaneateles, eight Sundays at Onondaga, 
West Hill; three Sundays at Paris, two Sundays at Oswego 
Village, and one Sunday at Lenox. He has exchanged five 
Sundays with the Rev. William A. Clark, who preached and 
administered the Holy Communion, two Sundays at Skaneateles, 
and three Sundays at Tully. He has also exchanged one Sunday 
with the Rev. Daniel M'Donald, at Auburn, who preached and 
administered the Holy Communion at Skaneateles ; and he has 
performed Divine service two Sundays at Geneva, for the Rev. 
Orin Clark, during his absence and ill health. Besides preaching 
on Sundays, and other holy days, he has given many lectures on 
week days, in various places. In his visits to Eaton, he has 
regularly performed Divine service in the Irish settlement in that 
neighbourhood, which consists of about twenty-five Protestant 
families, who belonged to the Church in Ireland. He trusts that, 
by the assistance of God, nothing has been wanting on his part to 
build up the Church " in the most holy faith." He is happy to 
say, that there appears to be an increased attention to religion, 
according to the usages of our Church. It is the intention of the 
people of Onondaga to erect a house next spring and summer, 
equal to any in the Western District, for Divine worship. The 
people of the village of Oswego are very anxious to have the 



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services of the Church among them : he has agreed to visit them 
one-eighth part of the time, the ensuing year. Oswego is a fine 
flourishing village, and is the county town ; and it is of the first 
importance that the Church be planted there — they do not have 
Divine service of any kind among them. The most influential 
men are attached to the Church, and they intend organizing 
themselves into a society soon. The distance between Paris and 
Oswego is more than ninety miles ; but if there is no other 
arrangement made for Paris, he states that he will not complain. 
He has administered baptism to six adults, and forty-nine 
infants and children, making the whole number fifty-five. Mar- 
riages six. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Rector of the churches in Otsego 
county, and Missionary, reports, that, in addition to his parochial 
duties, he has twice visited Cherry Valley, and that part of Cana- 
joharie, in Montgomery county, which lies on Baman's Creek ; 
at which place he performed Divine service, and administered the 
sacrament of Baptism ; that he has visited Paris, Oneida county, 
where he has administered the sacraments ; and that he has like- 
wise taken a tour to Ogdensburgh and Hamilton Village, in the 
county of St. Lawrence. In Ogdensburgh, although never before 
visited by a clergyman, the resiponses were made in a very hand- 
some manner, which rendered the service of the Church peculiarly 
impressive. 

The number of baptisms in the county of St. Lawrence is, 
adults, 10; children, 21. 

On his return from the county of St. Lawrence, he visited Cape 
Vincent, in Jefferson county, where he performed Divine service, 
and baptised two children. 

The number of communicants in Christ Church, Cooperstown ; 
St. John's, Otsego ; and St. Luke's, Richfield ; is about 1 10. 

The number of baptisms in those churches and their vicinity, 
for the two years past, is, adults, 3 ; children, 64. 

The Rev. Orin Clark, Missionary at Geneva, and other con- 
gregations in the Western District, in his letter to the Bishop, 
reports, that, in addition to his ministrations in that village, during 
the past year, which, for a considerable part of it, have been but 
occasional and interrupted, he has performed Divine service, on 
Sunday, at Clifton Springs once, at Canandaigua twice, at Batavia 
once, and once at Pulteneyville. 

Baptisms, adult 1, infants 11 — 12; marriages, 6; funerals, 9; 
communicants in the congregation, Geneva, 30. 

It has not been in his power either to visit the other vacant 
congregations in this quarter, or to give any more service to those 



348 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816. 

named, owing to sickness, with which it pleased Almighty God 
to afflict hira during almost the whole of the last spring and 
summer. He was utterly unable, in the course of them, either to 
sustain the fatigue of missionary service, or to perform any public 
duty, except occasionally a single service in Geneva. Since his 
health has been so far restored (and it has been so only for four 
weeks) as to permit him to resume the regular discharge of 
clerical duty, sickness in his family, and in his parish, has ren- 
dered it, if not impossible, at least improper for him to be absent 
from them, even for a day. He preached a sermon, and made 
a collection for the benefit of the Missionary Fund, agreeably to 
the canon. The money collected was 29 dollars. 



The Rev. Daniel M'Donald, Missionary at Auburn, and parts 
adjacent, reports to the Bishop the following state of the Church 
in his mission, and his ministerial labours during the last year : 
he has performed Divine service, at various times, at Manlius, 
Onondaga, Skaneateles, Fairfield, and at the Indian Fields, Genoa; 
the remaining time spent at Auburn. 

Number of families in St. Peter's Parish, Auburn, 40 ; commu- 
nicants, 30 ; funerals attended, 6 ; deaths in the parish, 1 ; bap- 
tisms, 24 ; marriages, 5. 

It is with pleasure he states, that whenever he has been absent 
from Auburn, the church has been regularly opened every Sunday, 
and the Liturgy, with a sermon, read. The Vestry of St. Andrew's 
Church, Genoa, have usually maintained the same laudable 
practice. The latter church needs only a greater supply of 
missionary labour, to rise to a very respectable standing in point 
of numbers. 



The Rev. Stephen Jewett, Missionary at Hampton, Granville, 
and parts adjacent, reports, that there have been, — baptisms, 
adults 6, infants 15 — 2'1 ; funerals, 7 ; marriages, 7. 

Although they have lost, during the last year, by death and 
removal, ten of their communicants, yet the number is consider- 
ably larger than it was when he made his last return ; and there 
is still a prospect of considerable additions, especially in the 
church at Granville. 

During the past year, he has officiated at Sandy Hill and 
Ticonderoga. At the latter place, he assisted in the organiza- 
tion of an Episcopal congregation. At both places he has ad- 
ministered the Lord's Supper. 

Number of communicants at Sandy Hill, about 30; Ticon- 
deroga, 10. 



1816.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 349 

The Rev. Thomas C. Brownell, Professor in Union College, 
and Missionary in the vacant congregations of Schenectady and 
Greene counties, writes to the Bishop as follows : since my ordi- 
nation, I have (personally, and by exchange) supplied the vacant 
congregation at Stillwater four Sundays, the vacant congregation 
at Duanesburgh four Sundays, and the vacant congregation at 
Ballstown one Sunday. I have also preached one Sunday 
for the Rev. Mr. Wheeler, of Johnstown, during his absence. 
Besides which, I have performed Divine service in the College 
Chapel about one-third part of the Sundays during the College 
session. 

There are at present in this Institution nearly fifty Episcopal 
students. They enjoy the same toleration, and the same religious 
privileges as the other denominations ; and, next to the Presbyte- 
rians, they are the most numerous. A very laudable degree of 
good order and good morals forms the general characteristic of 
the students ; and you will be pleased to learn, that the Episcopal 
Theological Society continues to increase in numbers, and in the 
zeal of its members. 

The Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, Missionary at Sandy Hill, Ti- 
conderoga, and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop as follows: — 
I received Missionary Letters on or about the 28th of October last. 
I officiated for three of four Sundays in the churches at Hudson 
and Athens. The first Sunday after my arrival in that part of 
the Diocese to which I was directed by the Bishop's letter, was 
passed in performing Divine service in the church at Hampton ; 
after which, my services have been principally devoted to the 
congregations at Sandy Hill and Ticonderoga ; occasionally at 
Whitehall, and other places adjacent. In the town of Kingsbury, 
which includes the village of Sandy Hill, I have performed 
Divine service fifteen Sundays, three at Whitehall, five at West 
Haven, seven at Ticonderoga, two at Granville Corner, and two 
at Hampton, by exchange with the Rev. Stephen Jewett, one at 
West Granville, one at Troy, one at Rutland, and one other in 
attendance upon the consecration of the church at Granville Cor- 
ner. I spent three Sundays in June at Hudson and Athens, I 
have not, for the year past, been prevented, on any one Sunday, 
from the exercise of ministerial duties. 

In the course of my mission, the following rites have been 
celebrated : 

Marriages, 1 ; baptisms, at Kingsbury, adults 2, infants 5 — 7 ; 
at Ticonderoga, adults 3, infant 1—4 ; number of communicants, 
at Kingsbury, about 25 ; at Ticonderoga, 10 ; at the former 
place, an addition of 5; at the latter, of 7; lectures in various 
places. 



350 JOURNALS OF THE COPJVENTIONS [I8I6. 

The Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk) Missionary at Canandaigua, 
and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop : — The services of this 
mission were commenced on Sunday, the 14th of January last. 
The congregation at Canandaigua had been organized by the 
Rev. Orin Clark, and was very greatly indebted to the exertions 
of the Rev. Mr. Welton, in whose mission it was included ; but 
as his services were only occasional, it had not full opportunity 
of increase. On making arrangements for regular public wor- 
ship, the attendants became numerous. The corner-stone of a 
place of worship was laid on the 6th of May : it is now nearly 
completed, in very elegant taste, and will be ready for consecra- 
tion early in December. There is reason to hope that we have 
also a spiritual blessing. 

The congregations at Sulphur Springs, and at Victor, continue 
much attached to the Episcopal service and doctrines. There is 
a prospect of forming a new congregation in the west part of the 
town of Canandaigua, where a third service on Sunday has been 
lately commenced. 

The services rendered will be seen from the following state- 
ment. There are included, two Sundays at Canandaigua, and 
one at Batavia, when the Rev. Mr. Berrian officiated, in ex- 
change for my services in his place at New York ; also, two 
Sundays at Geneva, one in exchange with the Rev. Mr. Clark, 
and one during his sickness. 

Canandaigua, 21 whole Sundays, and 8 half ditto; West Ca- 
nandaigua, 6 third services; Sulphur Springs, 5 half Sundays, and 
1 week day ; Victor, 4 half Sundays, and 2 week days ; Geneva, 
twice ; Batavia, Oswego, Ithaca, each once. 

St. John's Churchy Canandaigua. Baptisms, 14; marriages, 
2 ; funerals, 4 ; communicants, 16. 

St. John's Church, Sulphur Springs. Baptisms, 2 ; commu- 
nicants, 7. 

Christ Church, Victor. Baptism, 1 ; communicants, 7. 

Ovidy Seneca county. Baptisms, 2. 

The Rev. George Weller, Missionary in West Chester and 
Putnam counties, writes to the Bishop as follows: — since my ordi- 
nation, I have been engaged two-thirds of my time at Bedford, 
and one-third at North Salem. During this time, both congrega- 
tions have been enlarged. With the increase of members, I think 
there has also been an increase of seriousness and devout atten- 
tion to the ordinances of the Gospel. In Bedford, the Lord's 
Supper has not been administered since my ordination. Since 
the last Convention, however, three communicants have been 
added, and one died, making the present number to be twenty- 



18 16. J OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 351 

six. At the next administration, there will probably be several 
added to this number. 

Since the last Convention, there have been one adult and 
fourteen children baptised, eight of whom were baptised by my- 
self, and the others by visiting clergymen, in the course of the 
year. 

The church at North Salem is now well attended, and the 
people much encouraged. Number of communicants, 10. 

I have performed Divine service and preached twice in South 
Salem, and intend occasionally to preach lectures in that town. 
Being centrally situated, their communicants unite with us at 
Bedford and North Salem. Number of communicants, 8. 

I have also visited Patterson, where I preached twice ; and 
once in the adjoining town of Pawlings. The decayed church 
in this quarter may perhaps be raised, if my brethren in the 
ministry, who reside at distances not greater than my own, could 
be instructed occasionally to give them their services. I intend 
passing a Sunday in Patterson this month. 

I have also preached lectures on week days in North Salem, 
in Bedford, and the adjoining towns of Poundridge and North- 
castle. 

I preached the missionary sermon. Sum collected, $5 40. 

The Rev. Charles Seabury, Missionary at Setauket, IsHp, and 
Huntington, reports to the Bishop as follows : — At Setauket there 
have been, — baptisms, 2 ; communicants, 10 ; marriages, 2. The 
church is flourishing, and the congregation increasing. 

At Islip there has been one baptism. He performed Divine 
service here three times since June, to a respectable and attentive 
congregation. The prospect is promising, for collecting a con- 
gregation of steady attendants — all evince an earnest desire to 
have Divine service on a regular and permanent footing. 

At Huntington there have been two baptisms. He performed 
Divine service here three times since the 9th of June, to an atten- 
tive congregation. There are scattered round this place, a very 
respectable number of people attached to the Episcopal Church ; 
to collect them into a permanent congregation, will require time 
and great attention. 



Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, the 
Clergy rendered the following Parochial Reports : 

Christ Church, Hudson, Columbia county ; Rev. Gregory T. 
Bedell, Deacon, Minister. — Families, 40 ; baptisms, adults 2, 
infants 9 — 1 1 ; marriages, 10 ; buriaLs, 4 ; communicants, 35. 



352 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816> 

St. James^ Church, Hyde Park, Dutchess county ; Rev. John 
M'Vickar, Rector. — Baptisms, infants 27, adults 7 — 34 ; baptisms, 
at White Plains, 5 ; funerals, 5 ; communicants, 57. 

St. Jinn's Church, Brooklyn, Long Island; Rev. John P. K.' 
Henshaw, P».ector.* — Marriages, 20 ; baptisms, adults 5, infants 
33 — 38 ; communicants, dead and removed, 5, added 20, — present 
number, 144 ; funerals, 8. 

St. Peter's Church, Albany ; Rev. Timothy Clowes, Rector. — 
Baptisms, infants 121, adults 10 — 131; marriages, 14; funerals, 
40 ; communicants, 100. 

I think it my duty to communicate to the Convention, that, at 
the request of the Oneida and Onondaga tribes of Indians, I visited 
their settlements in the month of July last, for the purpose of 
preaching and administering the ordinances. The Rev. Mr. Bald- 
win was kind enough to accompany me to the Oneida tribe, and 
assist in the services. Through the medium of interpreters, we 
preached twice to very attentive and deeply interested audiences. 
Baptism was administered at Oneida, to two adults and five in- 
fants, and the Holy Communion to above thirty persons. This 
tribe have directed me to assure the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart 
of their great thankfulness for the interest he has manifested in 
their favour, in his endeavours to procure a translation of the 
Book of Common Prayer into their language, and more especially 
for his kindness in sending one of their Indian brethren to instruct 
them in the things which concern their everlasting peace. This 
tribe constantly attend Divine service on the Lord's day, when 
the service of the Church is performed, and a sermon, translated 
into their language, is read to them by Mr. Eleazar Williams, a 
Lay Reader and Catechist 

The Onondaga tribe of Indians were also very attentive to the 
instructions given to them on the occasion of my visiting them, 
were very thankful for the attentions paid to them, and request 
the ministers of our Church to visit them as often as circum- 
stances will admit. Eleven infants were baptised among tlie 
Onondagas. 

Once, at the request of the inhabitants of the village of Espe- 
rance, at the Schoharie Bridge, I visited and preached at that 
place. It is understood that the people of Esperance are making- 
exertions to procure the services of our Church. Should they 
effect their object, an eligible settlement for a minister would be 
made, by connecting this place with Duanesburgh, which is about 
five miles distant. 

* This report was forwarded to the Convention. 



1816.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 353 

Christ Church, Poughkecpsie, Dutchess county ; Rev. John 
Reed, Rector. — Families, 105 j communicants, 111; marriages, 
13; baptisms, 31; burials, 17. 

Trinity Chtirch, Athens, and St. Lvke*s Church, Cattskill, 
Greene county ; Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector. — Communicants, 
60 ; baptisms, 42 ; marriages, 9 j funerals, 10. 

St. John's Church, Johnstown, Montgomery county ; Rev. Eli 
Wheeler, Rector.-— Marriages, 2 ; funerals, 4 ; baptisms, ndults 
3, children 34 — 37 ; increase of communicants, 13. 

Trinity Church, and St. Paulas, and St. John's Chapels, jYew 
York ; Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Rector.^ — Baptisras, 
204 ; marriages, 66 ; burials, 654 ; communicants, above 700. 

Several were added to the communion, after the administration 
of Confirmation. 

Christ Church, JVew York ; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector, — 
Communicants, 235 ; baptisms, 102 ; marriages, 45. 

French Church Du St. Esprit, JVeio York ; Rev. Henri L. P. 
F. Peneveyre, Minister. — His services commenced on the 3d Sun- 
day in Advent, 1815. Marriage, 1 ; funerals, 3; communicants, 
14. 

The services of this church are celebrated in the French Ian- 
guage. 

St. Stephen^ s Church, JVew York; Rev. Henry J. Feltus, 
Rector. — Communicants, deaths and removals, 21, additions 37, — 
present number 394; baptisms, adults 7, infants 124 — 131; 
marriages, 38. 

St. Michael's Church, Bloomingdale, JVew York j R ev. Samuel 
F. Jarvis, Minister. — Baptisms, adult 1, children 9 — 10 ; mar- 
riages, 2 ; burials, adults 2, infants 2 — 4 ; communicants, 26. 

St. James' Church, Hamilton Square, JVew York; Rev. Samuel 
F. Jarvis, Rector. — Baptism, infant 1 ; communicants, not included 
in other parochial reports, 7. 

Grace Church, JVew York ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., 
Rector. — Baptisms, 29 ; marriages, 9 ; communicants, 165 ; 
burials, none registered in this parish, there being no cemetery 
attached to it. 



354 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816. 

St. George's Church, JVeio York ; Rev. James Milnor, Rec- 
tor. — The present rector of St. George's Church, New York, 
from the insufficiency of the documents left by his predecessor and 
his assistant, is unable to make a return of the number of mar- 
riages, baptisms, and burials, in the congregation of that church, 
during the past year. 

The number of communicants, as far as it has been practicable 
to ascertain them, no list of their names having been left by the 
late rector, is about 130. 

iS^^. George's Church, JVewburgh, Orange county ; Rev. John 
Brown, Minister. — He began his services in this place, on the first 
of January ; since when there have been, — baptisms, adults 8, 
children 12 — 20 ; funerals, 4 ; famiUes, 35 ; communicants, 
removed and deceased 3, added since first communion 20, — 
present number, 23. 

St. George's Church, Flushing, Long Island ; Rev. Barzillai 
Bulkley, Rector. — Baptisms, 9 ; communicants, 40 ; marriages, 
8 ; burials, 3. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, and Christ Chapel, JVorth 
Hempstead, Long Island ; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector. — Baptisms, 
18 ; marriages, 3 1 ; burials, 7. 

Grace Church, Jamaica, Long Island ; Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, 
Minister. — Baptisms, 17 ; marriages, 7 ; communicants, about 
43 ; increase since last report, 10. 

St. James' Church, Jfewtown, Long Island; Rev. Evan M. 
Johnson, Deacon, Minister. — ^Baptisms, adults 3, infants 6 — 9 ; 
marriages, 7 ; deaths, 3 ; communicants, 44. 

Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer county, and Grace 
Church, Waterford, Saratoga county ; Rev. Parker Adams, 
Rector. — Baptisms, 14 ; marriages, 7 ', funerals, 6 ; communi- 
cants, 43. 

St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer county ; Rev. David 
Butler, Rector.* — Baptisms, infants 42, adults 16 — 58 ; mar- 
riages, 9 ; funerals, 21; communicants, 109. 

The rector of St. Paul's has performed Divine service on 
two Sundays at Stillwater, and on each Sunday administered 

* This report was forwarded to the Convention. 



18 16. J OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 356 

the Holy Communion. He baptised there, two adults and three 
infants. 

St. Andrew'' s Church, and Trinity Chapel, Staten Island ; 
Rev. David Moore, Rector. — Baptisms, 65 ; funerals, 26 ; mar- 
riages, 16 ; communicants, 270 ; families, 375. 

St. PauPs Church, Ballston Spa, and St. James^ Churchy 
Milton, Saratoga county ; Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector. — Baptisms, 
43 ; marriages, 14 ; funerals, 10. 

The rector has performed Divine service once at Duanesburgh, 
and once at Stillwater. 

St. PauVs Church, Charlton, Saratoga county ; Rev. David 
Huntington, Rector. — Baptisms, 10 ; communicants, 40 ; deaths, 
3 ; marriages, 2. 

In each of the vacant churches at Stillwater, Ballstown, and 
Duanesburgh, the rector has performed Divine service one Sunday. 

St. George's Church, Schenectady ; Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, 
Rector. — Baptisms, children 46, adults 2 — 48 ; marriages, 19 ; 
funerals, 8 ; communicants, 70. 

The rector has, in compliance with the appointment of the 
Bishop, performed Divine service in the church at Duanesburgh, 
one Sunday ; and in exchange with the Rev. Mr. Brownell, two 
Sundays ; and baptised five children. 

Trinity Church, JVew Rochelle, West Chester county ; Rev. 
Theodosius Bartow, Rector. — Baptisms, infants 6, adult 1 — 7 ; 
marriages, 5 ; funerals, 3 ; communicants, 20. 

Christ Church, Rye, West Chester county; Rev. Samuel 
Haskell, Rector. — Marriages, 12; baptisms, 25; deaths, 20; 
communicants, between 50 and 60. 

The Wardens and Vestry of Christ Church, Rye, judged it 
expedient to withdraw from the White Plains, and to have the 
stated services of the rector limited to the church in Rye ; and 
have acted accordingly ; so that the White Plains are now desti- 
tute. 

St. Peter's Church, West Chester ; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., 
Rector. — Baptisms, children 17, adult 1 — 18 ; marriage, 1 ; 
deaths, 6 ; communicants, about 32. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers, West Chester county ; Rev. 
William Powell, Minister. — The Parish of St. John's, Yonkers, 



356 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816, 

having become vacant by the death of the Rev. Elias Cooper, I 
took pastoral charge of the same in May last; since which period 
there have been, — baptisms, 4 ; funerals, 3 ; marriage, 1 ; com- 
municants, about 56. 

With regard to the state of the parish, it may in general be 
observed, that the services of the Church are extremely well 
attended, and that the people evince a sincere attachment to her 
doctrines and liturgy. 



The Clergy were called on for an account of the sums collected 
in their several churches, for the Missionary and Episcopal Funds ; 
and, agreeably to a resolution of the last Convention, the state- 
ments are here subjoined. 

For the Missionary Fund. — St Peter's Church, Stamford, 
Delaware county, $6.37 ; St. James' Church, Hyde Park, 
Dutchess county, $9.75 ; Christ Church, Greenville, Greene 
county, $6.43; Trinity Church, Windham, Greene county, $5.20; 
St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Long Island, $72.70 ; Trinity Church, 
New York, $295.22; St. Paul's Chapel, New York, $220.85; St. 
John's Chapel, New York, $110.04; Christ Church, New York, 
$91.19; St. Mark's Church, New York, $28.98 ; Church Du St. 
Esprit, New York, $100.20; St. Michael's Church, New York, 
$12.51; Grace Church, New York, $178.00; St. James' Church, 
New York, $38.63 ; St. George's Church, New York, $72.75 ; 
Trinity Church, Utica, Oneida county, $16.84; St. George's 
Church, Hempstead, Long Island, $15.88 ; Grace Church, Jamaica, 
tong Island, $34.41; St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer covmty, 
$52.15 ; St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, $15.00 ; St. PauP§ 
Church, Charlton, Saratoga county, $2.50; St. George's Church, 
Schenectady, $15.00; St. Matthew's Church, Bedford, West 
Chester county, $5.40 ; Trinity Church, New Rochelle, West 
Chester county, $9.00; St. Peter's Church, West Chester, $31.41 ; 
St. John's Church, Yonkers, West Chester county, $27.81 ; Rens- 
selaerville, $4.11; Durham, $2.95. 

For the Episcopal Fund. — Christ Church, Hudson, $12.00; 
Trinity Church, Fishkill, Dutchess county, $11.02| ; St. James' 
Church, Hyde Park, Dutchess county, $5.25 ; St. Ann's Church, 
Brooklyn, Long Island, $34.35; Trinity Church, New York, 
$119.00; St. Paul's Chapel, New York, $109.00; St. John's 
Chapel, New York, $65.20 ; Christ Church, New York, $74.06 ; 
Church Du St. Esprit, New York, $49.70 ; St. Stephen's Church, 
New York, $53.82; St. Michael's Church, New York, $17.12^; 
Grace Church, New York, $153.17; St. James' Church, New 



1816.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 357 

York, $18.06 ; Christ Church, Cooperstown, Otsego county, 
$4.50; St. George's Church, Hempstead, Long Island, $14.80; 
St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island, $5.75 ; St. Paul's Church, 
Charlton, Saratoga county, $2.50; St. George's Church, Schenec- 
tady, $14.50; St. Peter's Church, West Chester, $12.09; St. 
John's Church, Yonkers, West Chester county, $22.07. 

The Treasurer of the Convention submitted his report, from 
which it appeared that the receipts since the last report have 
been — for the Episcopal Fund $827 88 ; and that the present 
aggregate amount of the Episcopal Fund is $14,414 97.* 

On motion. 

Resolved unanimoiisly, That the report be accepted, and that 
the thanks of the Convention be returned to Mr. Gerrit H. Van 
Wagenen, for his faithful services as Treasurer. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to inquire 
into the state of the Episcopal Fund. 

Peter J. Munro, Esq., Mr. William Jay, and Mr. Gerrit H. 
Van Wagenen, were accordingly appointed. 

The Convention adjourned until 6 o'clock this evening. 



Six o'clock p. M. 

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. 

Martin Hoffman, a Lay Delegate from St. James' Church, 
Hamilton Square, New York, appeared, and having presented 
satisfactory evidence of his appointment, took his seat. 

In reference to a presentment of the Rev. Timothy Clowes, 
Rector of St. Peter's Church, Albany, made by three presbyters 
of this Diocese to the Right Rev. the Bishop of the same, the 
following resolution was offered by Peter J. Munro, Esq., and 
seconded by Mr. William Jay : 

Resolved, as the sense of this Convention, That the further 
prosecution of the presentment against the Rev. Timothy Clowes 

* The Episcopal Fund, which is formed of the annual collections for the purpose 
in the congregations, is to be permitted to accumulate, without dirninution, untiji 
the annual profits of the Fund become adequate to the support of a Bishop. 



358 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816. 

would be Inexpedient, and that the Right Rev. the Bishop of New 
York be, and he hereby is, requested to use his endeavours to 
cause the said presentment to be dismissed. 

A division being requested by five members of the Convention, 
the Clergy and Lay Delegates were called on separately (agree- 
ably to Art. 7. of the Constitution of the Church in this Diocese) 
for their votes on the question — Shall this resolution be adopted ? 

The votes were as follows : 

Of the Clergy, Aye. — Rev. David Huntington — 1. 

Kays. — Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rev. William Berrian, Rev. 
John Bowden, D. D., Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., Rev. John 
Brown, Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rev. William Creighton, Rev. 
Adam Empie, Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rev. Samuel Fuller, Rev. 
William Harris, D. D., Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rev. Thomas Y. 
How, D. D., Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Rev. Evan M. Johnson, Rev. 
Thomas Lyell, Rev. Daniel M'Donald, Rev. John M'Vickar, 
Rev. James Milnor, Rev. David Moore, Rev, Daniel Nash, Rev. 
Benjamin T. Onderdonk, Rev, Joseph Perry, Rev. Joseph Prentiss, 
Rev. John Reed, Rev. James Thompson, Rev. Alanson W. 
Welton, Rev. Eli W^heeler, Rev. Russel Wheeler, Rev. Isaac 
Wilkins, D. D., Rev. Ralph Williston— 3 1. 

Of the Lay-delegation, Ayes. — St. James' Church, North 
Salem ; Church at Bedford and Northcastle — 2, 

Mays. — Christ Church, Hudson; St, James' Church, Hyde 
Park ; Christ Church, Poughkeepsie ; St, Luke's Church, Cattskill ; 
Trinity Church, New York, (with two chapels) three votes ;* 
Christ Church, New York; St. Mark's Church, New York; 
Church Du St. Esprit, New York ; St, Stephen's Church, New 
York ; Grace Church, New York ; St, James' Church, New 
York ; St, George's Church, New York ; St. George's Church, 
Newburgh ; Harmony Church, Butternutts ; St, George's Church, 
Flushing ; St, George's Church, Hempstead, (with a chapel) two 
votes ;* St. James' Church, Newtown ; St. Paul's Church, Troy ; 
St. John's Church, Islip ; Trinity Church, New Rochelle ; St. 
Peter's Church, West Chester — 24. 

Divided. — Trinity Church, Fishkill ; Christ Church, Rye — 2. 

And so the resolution was negatived by a majority of both 
orders, 

* Agreeably to Art. 7. of the Constitution of the Church in this Liocese. 



1816.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 359 

The Rector and Lay-delegation of St. Peter's Church, Albany ; 
and the Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, and the Rev. Parker Adams, two 
of the presenters in the case specified in the resolution, were, on 
their request, excused from voting. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That this Convention, in declining to recommend it 
to the Bishop to advise the withdrawing of the presentment against 
the Rev. Timothy Clowes, do not intend to express any opinion 
whatever relative to the merits of the presentment, but act upon 
the simple principle, that the subject does not fall within their 
jurisdiction. 

The Convention adjourned until to-morrow morning, at half- 
past eight o'clock. 

Thursday, October 3d. 
The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. 

The minutes of the proceedings yesterday were read, and 
approved. 

The following gentlemen were elected Delegates to the General 
Convention : 

Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., Rev. 
David Butler, Rev. William Harris , D. D. ; Hon. Rufus King, 
Dr. John Onderdonk, Philip S. Van Rensselaer, Esq., Mr. Wil- 
liam Ogden. 

The following gentlemen were elected Members of the Stand- 
ing Committee of this Diocese : 

Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Rev. William Harris, D. D., Rev. 
Nathanael Bowen, D. D., Rev. Thomas Lyell ; Richard Harison, 
Esq., Gen. Matthew Clarkson, Mr. William Ogden, Robert 
Troup, Esq. 

The following gentlemen were elected Members of the Com- 
mittee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating the 
Gospel in the State of New York, of which the Bishop is {ex- 
officio) President : 

Rev. John Bowden, D. D., Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D, D., Rev. 
Ralph Wiiliston ; Mr. Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, Dr. John Onder- 
donk, Thomas L. Ogd"- , Esq. 



360 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENnONS [1816. 

Mr. Gerrit H. Van Wagenen was elected Treasurer of the 
Convention. 

The vote of the Convention was then taken on the following 
proposed amendment to the first article of the Constitution of the 
Church in this diocese, which was passed at the last Convention, 

viz. : 

" Article I. There shall be a Convention of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Church in this State, on the third Tuesday in October in 
each year," &c. &c. 

This Convention also acceding to said proposed amendment ; it 
was finally passed, and adopted into the Constitution of the Church 
in this Diocese. 

Public notice having been given of Divine service in Trinity 
Church this morning, on occasion of the annual meeting of the 
" Corporation for the Relief of Widows and Children of Clergymen 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New York," 

Resolved, That the Convention adjourn to attend said service, 
and to meet again for business at one o'clock p. m. 

The Convention adjourned accordingly. 



One o'clock, P. M. 

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. 

The Bishop informed the Convention, that he had been invited, 
!)y a resolution of the Convention of the Church in the State of 
Connecticut, to perform Episcopal offices in that Diocese, agree- 
ably to the 20th canon of the General Convention ; and that, 
considering the peculiar exigencies of the Church there, he had 
consented to accept the invitation, in conformity with the terms of 
the canon on which it is founded, until the in\'itation is withdrawn, 
or a Bishop elected and settled among them. 

Resolved unanimonsly, That although this Convention highly 
approves of the conduct of the Right Rev. the Bishop of New 
York, (as explained by him) in acting under the 20th canon of 
the General Convention, and accepting ihe invitation of the 
Diocese of Connecticut, to execute his Episcopal functions within 
that Diocese in its present situation ; yet it is the earnest wish of 
this Convention, that their sister Diocese of Connecticut may 
speedily make such arrangements as will render the Right Rev. 
Bishop's connexion with that Diocese unnecessary. 



1816.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 361 

The Clergy who were appointed at the last Convention, 
agreeably to a canon of this Church of 1806, to supply vacant 
parishes within this Diocese, were called on agreeably to the 
same canon, " for an account of the fulfilment of the duty, and to 
report concerning the state of the parishes which they have 
visited ;" and the following appointments were made for the 
ensuing year — the Clergy to supply the congregations annexed to 
their names respectively, at such times as they may deem most 
convenient and proper : 

The Rev. Mr. Brown, the Rev. Mr. Powell, and the Rev. Mr. 
Ten Broeck, Goshen and Coldenham. 

The Rev. Mr. Reed, and the Rev. Mr. M'Vickar, Patterson. 

The Rev. Mr. Stebbins, the Rev. Mr. Clowes, the Rev. Mr. 
Huntington, and the Rev. Mr. Perry, Duanesburgh. 

The Rev. Mr. Butler, Stillwater. 

The Rev. Mr. Ten Broeck, Fishkill, Peekskill, and Philipstown. 

The following preamble and resolution were offered, and adopt- 
ed, viz. : 

This Convention observing with regret, that the standing order 
of the Church relative to the annual collection for the Episcopal 
Fund, is, by many of the churches, totally disregarded ; therefore 

Resolved, That the Clergy who have heretofore been deficient 
in this respect, he earnestly entreated not again to neglect this 
important duty, but make the collection regularly, without regard- 
ing the smalhiess of the means of their respective congregations. 

The Convention adjourned. 

JOHN HENRY HOBART, D. D., 

Bishop of the Prot. Epise. Church in the Stale of New York, and President of the Conventioa 

Attested, 
BENJAMIN T. ONDERDONK, Secretary. 



JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1816. 

CONSTITUTION 

OF 

CHE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, 

As Adopted October Uth, 1796. 



t Amended in Convention, 1816, by changing the time of meeting from the JJrst to the third Tuesday 

in October. I 



Art. 1. There shall be a Convention of the Protestant Episco- 
pal Church in this State, on the third Tuesday in October in each 
year, in such place as shall be determined by the Bishop for the 
time being. 

Art. 2. The Bishop shall have power to call Special Conven- 
tions Vi^hen he may judge it conducive to the good of the Church, 
or when applied to for that purpose by the Standing Committee ; 
and in case of a vacancy in the Episcopal Chair, the Standing 
Committee shall have power to call a Special Convention. 

Art. 3. The Convention shall be composed of the officiating 
ministers, being regularly admitted and settled in some church 
within this State which is in union with this Convention ; and 
of lay members, consisting of one or more delegates from each 
church, to be chosen by the vestry or congregation : and clergy- 
men employed as missionaries under the direction of this Conven- 
tion, and clergymen engaged as professors or instructors of youth 
in any college, academy, or general seminary of learning duly 
incorporated, may be members of the Convention. 

Art. 4. Every Convention shall be opened with prayers and a 
sermon ; and the preacher shall be nominated by the Bishop. 

Art. 5. The Bishop shall preside in the Convention ; but in 
case of a vacancy, or necessary absence, the members shall elect 
a President from among the Clergy. 

Art. 6. A Secretary shall be chosen upon the assembling of the 
annual Convention, from among the members thereof, who shall 
remain in office until the meeting of the next Convention. His 
duty shall be to take minutes of their proceedings, to preserve 
their journals and records, to attest the public acts of the body, 
and faithfully to deliver into the hands of his successor all books 
and papers relative to the concerns of the Convention, which may 



1816.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 363 

be in his possession : it shall also be his duty to give due notice 
to each minister and vestry of the time and place appointed for 
the meetinjr of the succeedincj Convention. 

Art. 7. In all matters which shall come before the Convention, 
the Clergy and Laity shall deliberate in one body; and, in voting, 
the Clergy shall vote by individuals, and the Laity by congrega- 
tions ; and when more than one church or chapel shall be united 
under one vestry, the delegate or delegates of such vestry shall be 
entitled to a vote for each church or chapel ; and a majority of 
the two orders jointly shall be decisive : but if, in any case, it be 
required by five votes, the two orders shall vote separately in the 
manner aforesaid, and the concurrence of a majority of each order 
shall be necessary to constitute a decision. In the case of electing 
a Bishop, the two orders shall always vote separately, agreeably 
to the mode last prescribed. 

Art. 8. The mode of altering this Constitution shall be as 
follows : A proposition for an amendment shall be introduced in 
writing, and considered in the Convention ; and, if approved of, 
shall lie over to the next Convention ; and, if again approved of 
in the next ensuing Convention, by a majority of the two orders 
voting thereon separately, the change shall take place, and the 
Constitution so altered shall be valid and obligatory. 



THIRTY-SECOND CONVENTION. 



JOURITAI. 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

On the 21st and aad days of October, A. D. 1817. 



3L(st of tt)e itltVQS anU 3Lao WtUaates 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Bishop of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church, in the State of New York, and Rector 
of Trinity Church, in the city of New York. 

The Rev. Henry Anthon, Deacon, Minister of St. Paul's 
Church, Redhook, Dutchess county. 

The Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of Trinity Church, Utica, 
Oneida county. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle, West Chester county. 

The Rev. Gregory T. Bedell, Deacon, Minister of Christ Church, 
Hudson, Columbia county. 

The Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., Rector of Grace Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. John Brown, Rector of St. George's Church, New- 
burgh, Orange county. 

The Rev. Nathaniel F. Bruce, M. D., Deacon, Minister of 
Christ Church, Duanesburgh, Schenectady county. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Flushing Long Island. 



1817.] JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. 365 

The Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, 
Rensselaer county. 

The Rev. Richard F. Cadle, Deacon, Minister of St. James- 
Church, Goshen, Orange county. 

The Rev. William Creighton, Rector of St. Mark's Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Heniy J. Feltus, Rector of St. Stephen's Chm*ch, 
New York. 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary, in Albany and Greene 
counties. 

The Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, Deacon, Missionary in Wash- 
ington county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. William Harris, D. D., President of Columbia College, 
New York. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead, 
Long Island. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, Rye, West 
Chester county. 

The Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., Assistant Rector of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Rector of St. James' Church, 
Hamilton Square, New York. 

The Rev. Stephen Jewett, Missionary in Washington county. 

The Rev. Samuel Johnston, Deacon, Missionary in Genesee 
and Niagara counties. 

The Rev. William B. Lacey, Missionary in Chenango county, 
and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. John M'Vickar, Rector of St. James' Church, Hyde 
Park, Dutchess county. 

The Rev. James Milnor, Rector of St. George's Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. David Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Staten 
Island. 

The Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Henri L. P. F. Peneveyre, Rector of the French 
Church Du St. Esprit, New York. 

The Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector of Christ Church, Ballston Spa, 
Saratoga county. 

The Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, 
Dutchess county. 

The Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, Missionary at Turin, Lewis county, 
and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Charles Seabury, Rector of Caroline Church, Setauket, 
and Missionary to Huntington and Islip, Long Island. 



366 JOURNALS OF THE CON\'ENTIONS [1817. 

The Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Schenectady. 

The Rev. James Thompson, Missionary in Greene and Dela- 
ware counties. 

The Rev. Eli Wheeler, Rector of St. John's Church, Johnstown, 
Montgomery county. 

The Rev. Russel Wheeler, Missionary at Buttemutts and Una- 
dilla, Otsego county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester. 

The following Clergy, not entitled to seats, were admitted to 
the sittings of the Convention : 

The Rev. David Huntington, Minister of St. Peter's ' 
Church, Stamford, Saratoga county. 

The Rev. Evan M. Johnson, Minister of St. James' 
Church, Newtown, Long Island. 

The Rev. Ravaud Kearny, Minister of St. Paul's Church, 
East Chester, West Chester county. 

The Rev. William Powell, Minister of St. John's Church, 
Yonkers, West Chester county. 

The Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Minister of Grace Church, 
Jamaica, Long Island. 

The Rev. Petrus S. Ten Broeck, Minister of Trinity 
Church, Fishkill, Dutchess county ; St. Philip's Church, 
Philipstown, Putnam county; and St. Peter's Church, Peeks- 
kill, West Chester county. 

The Rev. Joseph Willard, residing in the city of New 
York. 

The Rev. Mason, of Pennsylvania. 

The Rev. William H. Hart, of Virginia. 

The Rev. Bethel Judd, of North Carolina. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

Columbia county. 
Hudson, Christ Church, William E. Norman. 

Delaware county. 
Stamford, St. Peter's Church, George Sherwood. 

Dutchess county. 
Fishkill, Trinity Church, Daniel C. Verplanck, Abraham Weeks, 
Abraham Mesier. 

Hyde Park, St. James' Church, Samuel Bard, 



1817.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 367 

Poughkeepsie, Christ Church, WilUam Davies, Randall S. 
Street, George Taylor. 

Redhook, St. Paul's Church, Edward P. Livingston, Ebenezer 
Punderson. 

King's county. 

Brooklyn, St. Ann's Church, William Grigg, John Cornell. 

City and county of JVew York. 

Christ Church, George Dominick, Richard Townsend, Benjamin 
Hyde, Floyd Smith. 

French Church Du St. Esprit, Felix Pascalis, John G. Tardy. 

Grace Church, Wright Post, David B. Ogden. 

St. George's Church, Harry Peters, Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, 
James D. L. Walton, Isaac Carow. 

St. James' Church, Martin Hoffman, Peter Schermerhorn. 

St. Mark's Church, Mangle Minthorne, John Day, Clement C. 
Moore. • 

St. Michael's Church, Valentine Nutter, Isaac Jones. 

St. Stephen's Church, Daniel Mersereau. 

Trinity Church, Richard Harison, Nehemiah Rogers, Thomas 
L. Ogden, Joshua Jones. 

Zion Church, Lewis Hartman. 

Oneida county. 
Utica, Trinity Church, Nathan Williams. 

Orange county. 
Goshen, St. James' Church, Christian Hurtin. 
Newburgh, St. George's Church, Rudolph Bunner, Gilbert 0. 
Fowler. 

Queen's county. 
Flushing, St. George's Church, Thos. Marston, Wilham Prince. 
Jamaica, Grace Church, Timothy Nostrand, Lewis E. A. 
Eigenbrodt. 

Newtown, St. James' Church, David Purdy, Timothy Roach, 
John Alsop. 

Rensselaer county. 
Troy, St. Paul's Church, Nathan Warren. 

Richmond county. 
Richmond, St. Andrew's Church, James Guy on, John Guyon. 

Schenectady county. 
Duanesburgh, Christ Church, G. W. Featherstonhaugh. 
Schenectady, St. George's Church, William Richmond, John I. 
DegrafF. 



368 JOURNALS OP THE CONVENTIONS [18 17, 

Suffolk county. 
Islip, St John's Church, John T. Champlin. 

Sullivan county. 

Thompson, St. John's Church, Charles Thompson, Livingston 
Billings. 

West Chester county. 

Bedford and Northcastle, William Jay. 

East Chester, St. Paul's Church, John Townsend, William 
Popham. 

Maraaroneck, St. Thomas' Church, Guy C. Bayley. 

New Rochelle, Trinity Church, James Harvey. 

Rye, Christ Church, Jonathan Purdy. 

Yonkers, St. John's Church, Henry White, Benjamin Fowler. 

The following Clergy, entitled to seats in the Convention, were 
not present during this session : 

The Rev. Parker Adams, Rector of Trinity Church, Lansing- 
burgh, Rensselaer county, and Grace Church, Waterford, Saratoga 
county. 

The Rev. William Berrian, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Thomas C. Brownell, Professor of Rhetoric and 
Belles-Lettres in Union College, Schenectady. 

The Rev. Orin Clark, Rector of Trinity Church, Geneva, 
Ontario coimty. 

The Rev. William A. Clark, Missionary at Manlius, Onondaga 
county, and the counties adjacent. 

The Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, Deacon, Missionary in Onondaga 
county, and counties adjacent. 

The Rev. Daniel M'Donald, Minister of Trinity Church, and 
Principal of the Academy, Fairfield, Herkimer county. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Missionary, and Rector of the churches 
in Otsego county. 

The Rev. Samuel Nicholls, Deacon, Tutor in the Academy, 
Fairfield, Herkimer county. 

The Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, Missionary at Canandaigua 
Ontario county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens, 
and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, Greene county. 

The Rev. Hugh Smith, Deacon, Minister of St. Ann's Church 
Brooklyn, Long Island. 

The Rev. Alanson W. Welton, Missionary in Ontario, and 
adjacent counties. 



1817.] of the diocese of new york. 369 

Nev.' York, Tuesday, October 21st, 1817. 

This being the day appointed by the Constitution of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church in the State of New York, for the 
meeting of the annual Convention of the same, and Trinity Church, 
in the city of New York, having- been appointed by the Bishop 
as the place of meeting at this time, the Right Rev. John Henry 
Hobart, D. D., Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in this 
State, and several Clergy and Lay Delegates, attended, at half- 
past 10 o'clock A. M., in Trinity Church. 

Morning service was performed by the Rev. David Butler, Rec- 
tor of St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer county ; and a charge 
to the Clergy delivered by the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart, who 
also administered the Holy Communion, assisted by other clergy- 
men present. 

The Convention then assembled, and a list of the Clergy entitled 
to seats in the same being called over, agreeably to the second 
canon of 1803, the following answered to their names, and took 
their seats, viz. : 

The Rev. Henry Anthon, Deacon, Minister of St. Paul's Church, 
Redhook, Dutchess county ; Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, Rector of 
Trinity Chmch, Utica, Oneida county ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, 
D. D., Rector of Grace Church, New York; Rev. Barzillai Bulk- 
ley, Rector of St. George's Church, Flushing, Long Island ; 
Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rens- 
selaer county ; Rev. Richard F. Cadle, Deacon, Minister of 
St. James' Church, Goshen, Orange county ; Rev. WilUam 
Creighton, Rector of St. Mark's Church, New York ; Rev. Henry 
J. Feltus, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, New York ; Rev. 
Samuel Fuller, Missionary in Albany and Greene counties ; Rev. 
William Harris, D. D., President of Columbia College, New York ; 
Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead, 
Long Island ; Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, 
Rye, West Chester county; Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D., Assist- 
ant Rector of Trinity Church, New York; Rev. Samuel F. 
Jarvis, Rector of St. James' Church, Hamilton Square, New York; 
Rev. Stephen Jewett, Missionary in Washington county ; Rev. 
Samuel Johnston, Deacon, Missionary in Genesee and Niagara 
counties ; Rev. William B. Lacey, Missionary in Chenango county, 
and parts adjacent; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, 
New York ; Rev. John M'Vickar, Rector of St. James' Church, 
Hyde Park, Dutchess county ; Rev. James Milnor, Rector of St. 
George's Church, New York ; Rev. David Moore, Rector of St. 



370 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1817. 

Andrew's Church, Staten Island ; Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, 
an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; Rev. Henri 
L. P. F. Peneveyre, Rector of the French Church Du St. Esprit, 
New York; Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector of Christ Church, Ballston 
Spa, Saratoga county; Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, 
Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county ; Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, Mission- 
ary at Turin, Lewis county, and parts adjacent; Rev. Charles 
Seabury, Rector of Caroline Church, Setauket, and Missionary 
to Huntington and Islip, Long Island ; Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, 
Rector of St. George's Church, Schenectady ; Rev. James Thomp- 
son, Missionary in Greene and Delaware counties ; Rev. Eli 
Wheeler, Rector of St. John's Church, Johnstown, Montgomery 
county ; Rev. Russel Wheeler, Missionary at Butternutts and 
Unadilla, Otsego county, and parts adjacent ; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, 
D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, West Chester. 

Certificates of the appointment of Lay Delegates were read, 
and approved ; and the following took their seats : 

From Christ Church, Hudson, Columbia county, William E. 
Norman ; from St. James' Church, Hyde Park, Dutchess county, 
Samuel Bard ; from Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess 
county, William Davies, George Taylor^ Randall S. Street; 
from St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Long Island, WilUam Grigg ; 
from Christ Church, New York, George Dominick, Richard 
Townsend ; from the French Church Du St. Esprit, New York, 
Felix Pascalis, John G. Tardy ; from Grace Church, New York, 
Wright Post ; from St. George's Church, New York, Gerrit H. 
Van Wagenen, Harry Peters, Isaac Carow, James D. L. Walton ; 
from St. James' Church, New York, Martin Hoffman ; from St. 
Mark's Church, New York, Mangle Minthorne, Clement C. 
Moore, John Day ; from St. Michael's Church, New York, 
Valentine Nutter ; from Trinity Church, New York, Richard 
Harison, Nehemiah Rogers, Joshua Jones ; from Trinity Church, 
Utica, Oneida county, Nathan Williams ; from St. James' Church, 
Goshen, Orange county. Christian Hurtin ; from St. George's 
Church, Flushing, Long Island, WilUam Prince, Thomas Mars- 
ton ; from St. James' Church, Newtown, Long Island, David 
Purdy, Timothy Roach, John Alsop; from St. Paul's Church, 
Troy, Rensselaer county, Nathan Warren ; from St. Andrew's 
Church, Staten Island, James Guyon, John Guyon ; from St, 
George's Church, Schenectady, William Richmond ; from St. 
John's Church, Islip, Long Island, John T. Champlin ; from St 
Matthew's Church, Bedford and Northcastle, West Chester county, 
William Jay; from St. Paul's Church, East Chester, West 
Chester county, John Townsend, William Popham ; from Trinity 
Church, New Rochelle, West Chester county, James Harvey; 



1817.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 371 

from St. John's Church, Yonkers, West Chester county, Henry 
White, Benjamin Fowler. 

Certificates were read of the incorporation of St. Paul's Church, 
Redhook, Dutchess county ; St. John's Church, Thompson, Sulli- 
van county ; and St. Paul's Church, Buffalo, Niagara county ; 
and said churches were severally received into union with this 
Convention. 

Certificates were read, and approved, of the appointment of 
Edward P. Livingston and Ebenezer Punderson to represent St. 
Paul's Church, Redhook, Dutchess county ; and of Charles 
Thompson and Livingston Billings to represent St. John's Church, 
Thompson, Sullivan county ; who accordingly took their seats in 
the Convention. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That clergymen of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 
who may be in the city of New York during the session of this 
Convention, and not members thereof, be admitted to the sittings 
of the same. 

Agreeably to the foregoing resolution, the following clergymen 
took their seats : 

The Rev. David Huntington, Minister of St. Peter's Church, 
Stamford, Delaware county ; Rev. Evan M. Johnson, Minister of 
St. James' Church, Newtown, Long Island; Rev. Ravaud Kearny, 
Minister of St. Paul's Church, East Chester, West Chester county ; 
Rev, William Powell, Minister of St. John's Church, Yonkers, 
West Chester county ; and Rev. Joseph Willard, residing in the 
city of New York, of this Diocese ; Rev. Mason, of Penn- 
sylvania ; Rev. William H. Hart, of Virginia ; and Rev. Bethel 
Judd, of North Carolina. 

The Convention then proceeded to the election of a Secretary, 
when the Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk was duly chosen. 

The Convention adjourned until to-morrow morning, at half- 
past 9 o'clock. 

Wednesday, October 22d. 
The Convention met ptirsuant to adjournment. 

Morning service was performed by the Rev. Cyrus Stebbins^ 
Rector of St. George's Church, Schenectady. 



372 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [18 17, 

The minutes of the proceedings yesterday were read^ and 
approved. 

The following clergymen, members of this Convention, no! 
present yesterday, appeared, and took their seats '. 

The Rev. Theodosias Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle, West Chester county ; Rev. Gregory T. Bedell, Deacon, 
Minister of Christ Church, Hudson, Columbia county ; Rev. John 
Brown, Rector of St. George's Church, Newburgh, Orange 
county ; Rev. Nathaniel F. Bruce, M. D., Deacon, Minister .of 
Christ Church, Duanesburgh, Schenectady county; Rev. Charles 
W. Hamilton, Deacon, Missionary in Washington coimty, and 
parts adjacent. 

Agreeably to the resolution of yesterday, admitting clergymen 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church, who are not members of the 
Convention, to the sittings thereof, the following clergymen, 
belonging to this Diocese, appeared, and took their seats : 

The Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Minister of Grace Church, Jamaica, 
Long Island ; and the Rev. Petrus S. Ten Broeck, Minister of 
Trinity Church, Fishkill, Dutchess county ; St. PhiUp's Church, 
Philipstown, Putnam county; and St. Peter's Church, Peekskill, 
West Chester county. 

The following Lay Delegates presented testimonials of their 
respective appointments, which were approved, and took their 
seats : 

From St. Peter's Church, Stamford, Delaware county, George 
Sherwood ; from Trinity Church, Fishkill, Dutchess county, 
Daniel C. Verplanck, Abraham Weeks, Abraham Mesier ; from 
St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Long Island, John Cornell ; from 
Christ Church, New York, Benjamin Hyde, Floyd Smith; from 
Grace Cluirch, New York, David B. Ogden ; from St. James' 
Church, New York, Peler Schermerhorn ; from St. Michael's 
Church, New York, Isaac Jones ; from St. Stephen's Church, 
New York, Daniel Mersereau ; from Trinity Church, New York, 
Thomas L. Ogden ; from Zion Church, New York, Lewis Hart- 
man ; from St. George's Church, Newburgh, Orange county, 
Rudolph Bunner, Gilbert 0. Fowler ; from Grace Church, 
Jamaica, Long Island, Timothy Nostrand, Lewis E. A. Eigenbrodt; 
from St. George's Church, Schenectady, John I. Degrafi"; from 
Christ Church, Duanesburgh, Schenectady county, G. W. Feather- 
stonhaugh ; from Christ Church, Rye, West Chester county, 
Jonathan Purdy. 



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Certificates of* the incorporation of St. Thomas' Church, Mama- 
roneck, West Chester county, and St. Paul's Church, Ticon- 
deroga, Essex county, were read, and approved; and said churches 
received into union with this Convention. 

A certificate of the appointment of Delegates to represent St. 
Thomas' Church, Maraaroneck, West Chester county, in this 
Convention, was read, and approved; and Guy C. Bayley 
appeared, and took his seat accordingly. 

Agreeably to the 45th canon [of the General Convention, the 
Right Rev, Bishop Hobart delivered the following address : 

MY BRETKriEN ©P THE CLERGY AND LAITY, 

The congregations of this Diocesa having been fiequeiitly and generally 
visited, there has not been a necessity, in this respect, for as extensive a course 
of duty as usual, through the past year. In the month of A'^ovember last I 
visited and held Confirmations in the churches at Hudson and Catlskill. In 
the month of December I paid a visit to the distant congregation of Canandai- 
gua, and consecrated a remarkably beautiful and commodious building to the 
service of Almighty God accordiRg to the rites of our Church, and administered 
the ordinance of Confirmation. This congregation is much indebted for its 
flourishing condition, to the labours of the Missionary who principally officiates 
there, the Rev. Henry U. OiiderJonk. In March last I visited the Church at 
Newtown, which, by the laudable exertions of the clerg-yman and congre- 
gation, had been recently repaired,^and rendered very neat and commodious; 
and admitted the Rev. Evan Malbone Johnson, elected Rector of that church, 
and the Rev. William Creighton, elected Rector of St. Mark's Church, New 
York, to the holy order of Priests. In April I visited the church at East 
Chester, and admitted to the same order, the Rev. Ravaud Kearny, who had 
lately commenced his labours in that congregation ; the Rev. Petrus S. Ten 
Broeck, elected Rector of the churches at Fishkill, Philipstown, and Peeks- 
kill ; and the Rev. George Wheeler, Missionary at West Chester county. 

I recently repeated my visits to the congregation at East Chester, and 
received, in common with the clergyman who accompanied me, unusual 
gratification in the view of above 70 persons, principally young, coming 
forward to Confirmation, with more than ordinary evidences of the devout 
sensibility excited by this offering of themselves to God. Each one of these 
had been visited and instructed in reference to this holy solemnity, by their 
pastor, who, within a short time previous, had administered Baptism to 36 
adult persons. His assiduous labours have collected, through the Divine 
blessing, a numerous congregation, and inspired among them a zeal which has 
led them, at very considerable expense, to repair and beautify their church; in 
defraying which, individuals, who earn their support by their daily labour, 
have contributed several hundred dollars. The increase of the numbers and 



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the piety of this congregation, has been effected by assiduity in parochial 
labours, and by the frequent performance of tlie service of the Church, without 
a departure from her prescriptions, or the introduction of modes of exciting the 
feelings which her sober institutions do not warrant. 

The example of this congregation, and of the congregations at Hampton and 
Granville, under the care of one of the Missionaries in Washington county, in 
addition to that in the city of Troy, to which, in a former address, I called your 
attention, and to others which might be mentioned, proves that the advance- 
ment of piety in our Church does not demand a recourse to any means than 
those which she has prescribed, and which the wisdom of ages have sanc- 
tioned. Let the minister, as frequently as circumstances will admit, assemble 
his congregation for Divine worship ; let him be faithful in proclaiming to the 
people committed to his charge, the whole counsel of God, and the distin- 
guishing truths of the dipsensation of mercy and grace through a Redeemer ; 
let him diligently attend to parochial visitation and catechetical instruction ; 
let him publicly and privately call his people not only to a devout attendance 
on those public ordinances, by which, in the exercise of penitence and faith, 
their union with their Redeemer is maintained, but to private and constant 
intercourse with Heaven, in pious reading, meditation, and prayer ; let him 
thus be instant "in season, out of season," and his labours will be blessed, 
generally in the increase of the numbers of his congregation, but always in 
their establishment in substantial piety agreeably to the principles of the 
Church. This should be the great object, and this is the best reward of the 
serivces of her ministers. 

No opinion is more unfounded than that there is a deficiency as to the 
means of pious instruction and devotion in the forms of our Church. She 
has provided DoJlij Morning and Evening Prayer ; and hence her minisiters, 
when circumstances admit and require, can assemble their flocks for any 
purposes of Christian edification, not only daily, but twice in the day, and 
lead their devotions to Heaven in prayers, to the use of which they have bound 
themselves by the most solemn obligations, and than which surely no one of 
her ministers will presume to think that he can make better. But to suppose 
that our Church, while she thus fufnishes public edifices for the celebration 
of the social devotion of her members, warrants their meeting elsewhere, 
except where peculiar circumstances, in the want of a public building, or in 
the size of a parish, render it necessary; or to suppose that while she thus 
fully provides in her institutions for the Christian edification of her members, 
she thinks it can be necessary, for this purpose, to have recourse to private 
meetings, the devotions of which tend to disparage the Liturgy, and eventually 
to lessen the relish for its fervent but well-ordered services, would be to impute 
to her the strange policy of introducing into her own bosom, the principles of 
disorder and schism, and, perhaps, of heresy and enthusiasm. 

My brethren of the Clergy — suffer me seriously and affectionately, with a 
view to guard, not against present, but possible evils, to fortify these senti- 
ments ly an authority to which an appeal ought never to be made in vain. 



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It is the authority of one whose piety was as humble and fervent as his judo;- 
ment -was penetrating and discriminating, and his learning extensive and pro- 
found. It is the authority of one, too, who lived in those times when the 
private associations commenced, the effects of which he deprecated, but which 
were finally awfully realized in the utter subversion of the goodly fabric of the 
Church whose ministry he adorned, and in the triumph, on her ruins, of the 
innumerable forms of heresy and schism. The judicious Hooker thus speaks, 
in that work on Ecclesiastical Polity, in which he delivers so many lessons of 
profound wisdom : " To him who considers the grievous and scandalous in- 
conveniences whereunto they make themselves daily subject, with whom any 
blind and secret corner is judged a fit house of common prayer; the manifold 
confusion which they fall into, where every man's private spirit and gift, as 
they term it, is the only Bishop that ordaineth him to this ministry ; the irk- 
some deformities whereby, through endless and senseless effusions of indigested 
prayers, they who are subject to no certain order, but pray both what and how 
they list, often disgrace, in most insufferable manner, the worthiest part of 
Christian duty towards God ; to him, I say, who weigheth duly all these things, 
the reasons cannot be obscure, why God doth in public prayer so much regard 
the solemnity of places wJiere, the authority and calling of persons by whom, 
and the precise appointment, even with what ivords and sentences, His name 
shall be called on, amongst His people." 

Confirmation has also been administered in the churches at Jamaica, Hemp- 
stead, and North Hempstead; and, on Sunday last, I confirmed above 60 
persons in the church at Brooklyn ; to the charge of which the Rev. Hugh 
Smith, Deacon, has been recently elected ; the Rev. John P. K. Henshaw, the 
late rector, having removed to the Diocese of Maryland ; where the Rev. Ralph 
Williston, the Rev. Edmund D. Barry, aiid the Rev. George VVeller, have also 
removed. The Rev. Adam Em pie has removed to the State of North Carolina, 
and the Rev. Abiel Carter to Pennsylvania. The Rev. Henri L. P. F. Peneveyre 
has been instituted Rector of the French Church Du St. Esprit, New Vork ; 
and the Rev. William Creighton Rector of St. Mark's Church, in the Bowery, 
New York, vacant by the resignation of the Rev. Dr. Harris, who devotes 
himself to the discharge of his duties as President of Columbia College. The 
Rev. Daniel M'Donald has removed from his services as missionary at Auburn, 
and its vicinity, to the charge of the academy and church at Fairfield, in the 
place of the Rev. Virgil H. Barber; and the Rev. David Huntington, from 
Charlton to Waterville, Delaware county. The Rev. Henry Anthon, Deacon, 
officiates as minister of St. Paul's Church, Redhook, Dutchess county. Christ 
Church, Ballston, Saratoga county, has been removed to the village of Balls- 
ton Spa, in the same county, and the services of the Rev. Joseph Perry are 
confined to that church, so that St. James' Church, Milton, has become vacant. 
The Rev. Nathaniel Huse, from the Diocese of Connecticut, officiates at present 
in Oneida county. 

I must record the removal by death of the venerable Dr. Bowden, Professor 
in Columbia College, whose meritorious services to the Church, in the defence 



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of her principles, will long be gratefully remembered; and the Rev. Henry 
Moscrop, a resident clergyman in New York. 

In addition to the ordinations already mentioned, Nathaniel F. Bruce M. D., 
now officiating at Duanesburgh ; Richard F. Cadle, at Goshen ; Asahel Davis, 
officiating in some vacant congregations in the Western District; Samuel 
NichoUs, Tutor in the Academy at Fairfield ; William H. Northrop, officiating 
at Auburn ; George H. Norton, officiating in the western part of the State, have 
been admitted to the order of Deacons; and the Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, Deacon, 
Missionary at Tutin, Lewis county, and parts adjacent, to that of Priests. 

It is my duty to state that, agreeably to the canons, I have suspended from 
the ministry the Rev. Timothy Clowes, Rector of St. Peter's Church, Albany; 
and the Rev. Nathan Felsh, residing in Putnam county. 

The following are candidates for orders in this Diocese : William Richmond, 
Thomas Osborne, George W. Woodruff, Deodatus Babcock, James P. Cotter, 
Leveret Bush, Intrepid Morse, George Upfold, John Grigg, George B. Andrews, 
Ale.vis P. Proal, James Bowden, James P. F. Clarke. Several other young 
men, to the number of eight or ten, are ready to be admitted, or preparing for 
admission. 

New Bible and Common Prayer Book Societies have been established in 
various parts of the State. 

Sunday Schools have been organized in this city, in union with our Church, 
which promise the most beneficial effects ; and referring to some public docu- 
ments on this subject,* I suggest the formation of similar schools in every 
congregation in the Diocese. 

The Missionaries continue, as usual, their laborious and important duties. 
No Diocese in the Union affords a more extensive field for missionary labours, 
or has contributed so largely to this object. And this must be our apology for 
not uniting at present with other Dioceses in the important work of contribut- 
ing to the support of Missionaries in the western Slates. But it is with pain I 
•tate the fact, of the necessity of the reduction of the number, or of the salaries 
of the Missionaries, unless the funds for their support, from the voluntary con- 
tributions of the congregations, be enlarged. The increase of our congregations 
in the new settlements, and the prosperity of others wiU thus be seriously re- 
tarded. A generous individual has made a donation of $250 ; and a pious and 
spirited Missionary Society, principally of young men, have added to the Mis- 
sionary Fund the sum of $800. But our missionaries are so numerous that the 
funds are not adequate to their support. I trust, it will be the object of us all, 
to increase the means of providing missionaries, and thus most eflectually to 
secure the extension and prosperity of our Church. When she needs all our 
contributions for religious purposes, ought they to be applied elsdwhere .' 

New congregations at Buffalo, Rochester, (Genesee Falls,) Monticello, Ticon- 
deroga, Redhook, and Mamaroneck, have been organized. 

In my provisional charge, according to the canons, of the Diocese of Con- 

* These are published in No. 19 of the Christian Journal. 



1817.] OF THE DIOCESE' OF ^NEW YORK. 377 

necticut, my visitations have been scgeneral, that, it is presumed, little more of 
my services tliere will be necessary until the election ot a Bishop for that Diocese. 
It is desirable that circumstances should admit of this being soon efiecled. 

In the month of May a meeting of the General Convention of our Church 
was held in this city, which, from the respectability of its members, and the 
objects of its counsels, excited great interest. Among the measures there 
adopted, provision was made for the establishment of a Theological School 
under the auspices of the General Convention. The clergyman appointed to 
collect subscriptions in this Diocese, is pursuing his arduous work with all 
that zeal which a strong sense of the importance of the object can inspire ; 
and by the documents with which he is furnished, and his own judicious 
representations, is calling forth the liberality of the community. 

But I think I should fail in my duty, if I neglected to impress on you, my 
brethren, and, through you, on the Episcopalians of the Diocese, the immense 
importance of the proposed Theological Establishment. There cannot be an 
object presented to them which has equal claims on their beneficence. With- 
out a ministry, the Church cannot exid; and destitute of a learned as well as 
a piom ministry, she cannot flourish. These are axioms, which it would be 
an insult to the understanding of any person to suppose that he denies or 
doubts. As a general proposition, it is also true, that the ministry will not 
be distinguished for learning, unless there are public institutions, which, in 
the professorships attached to them, in the libraries with which they are 
furnished, and in the association of young men of similar pursuits and views, 
supply both the most advantageous means of theological improvement, and 
the most powerful motives diligently and faithfully to employ these means. A 
candidate for orders thus situated, directed by able, affectionate, and pious 
professors, having access to richly furnished libraries, associated in the exer- 
cises of piety, as well as in his studies with those who are preparing for the 
exalted office of ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God, 
would make much greater and more substantial progress in all the preparatory 
qualifications for the ministry, than if left to solitary instruction and solitary 
study. 

But a still further and most eminent benefit of the contemplated Theological 
School, will consist in the pecuniary aids which it will furnish to youths of 
piety and talents, who are destitute of the funds to procure the necessary 
education for the ministry. Young men of this description, have often 
furnished the brightest examples of ministerial fidelity, talents, and zeal. 
Many such, however, are now lost to the Church, from the want of funds 
with which to aid them in procuring the necessary education. There can be 
no species of benevolence more grateful to the friend of religion, and of the 
temporal and eternal happiness of mankind, than that which takes a youth of 
piety and talents from a state of depression and obscurity, and furnishing him 
with the means of education and of theological study, prepares him for becom- 
ing the respectable and successful herald of the cross of the Redeemer, and the 
dispenser, under God, of spiritual blessings to his lellow-men. 



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But for all these purposes, for the salaries of professors, for procuring 
libraries, for supporting candidates for the ministry destitute of pecuniary 
means, for erecting the requisite buildings, funds are necessary — and large 
funds. This, then, is no ordinary call on the liberality of Episcopalians. It 
is a call, on the successful issue of which, in procuring large contributions, 
depend, if not the existence, certainly the extension and prosperity of their 
Church. I would respectfully say to you, brethren, especially my brethren 
of the Laity, and to Episcopalians in general — Look at what is done in this 
respect by otJier Christian denominations — professorships handsomely endowed, 
commodious buildings, extensive libraries, numerous students. They annually 
send forth ministers disciplined by the exercises of piety, and fitted by the 
studies of the school, for the eloquent and faithful exercise of their functions. 
Ought we not to be alarmed for the welfare of our own Church, destitute as 
she is of all public provision for theological education ? Benevolent individuals 
of other denominations freely bestow contributions to this object to the amount 
of hundreds and frequently of thousands of dollars. Should we not be excited 
to at least equal liberality in the cause of a Church which has every possible 
claim on our affection, and on our zealous exertions." Many Episcopalians 
in this city, and elsewhere in the State, have already liberally contributed. 
They will have the prayers and the gratitude of the Church ; and affording the 
mast effectual means of perpetuating the blessings of our holy religion, they 
will have the gratitude of posterity — They will not be forgotten for this good 
which they have done, by their God. May their example be emulated by 
others. — ^May every Episcopalian, when called on for his subscription to the 
Theological School, consider that he is to make his contribution to an object 
of more importance to the interests of religion and the Church, than any other 
for which he can be solicited, and which, therefore, demands the largest exer- 
cise of beneficence. 

JOHN HENRY HOBART. 

New York, October 22d, 1817. 

The Clergy who were absent from the last Convention, were 
called on for the reasons of their absence, which were severally 
accepted. 

On motion, 

Resolved) That for the purpose of more extensively circulating 
in this Diocese, the recommendation of the House of Bishops, in 
the late General Convention of our Church, relative to certain 
Amusements, said recommendation, as it appears on the 46th page 
of the Journal of that Convention, be printed with the Journal of 
this Convention, 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the recommendation of the same House of 
Bishops, on the subject of Catechetical Instruction and Lectures, 



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appearing on the 43(1 page of the same Journal, be also printed 
with the Journal of this Convention.* 

The Committee appointed by the last Convention, to inquire 
into the state of the Episcopal Fund, made a report ; the consi- 
deration of which was postponed until the next Convention. 

The Bishop, from " the Committee of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church for Propagating the Gospel in the State of New York," 
reported that the following Missionaries are at present engaged 
in this Diocese : 

The Rev. William A. Clark, at Manlius, Onondaga county, 
and the counties adjacent ; Rev. Samuel Fuller, in Albany and 
Greene counties ; Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, Deacon, in Onondaga 
and adjacent counties ; Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, Deacon, in 
Washington county, and parts adjacent ; Rev. Stephen Jewett, in 
Hampton, Granville, and parts adjacent ; Rev. Samuel Johnston, 
Deacon, in Genesee and Niagara counties; Rev. William B. 
Lacey, in Chenango county, and parts adjacent; Rev. Daniel 
Nash, in Otsego county ; Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, at Canan- 
daigua, Ontario county, and parts adjacent ; Rev. Joshua M. 
Rogers, at Turin, Lewis county, and parts adjacent ; Rev. Charles 
Seabury, at Setauket, Islip, and Huntington, Long Island ; Rev. 
James Thompson, in Greene and Delaware counties; Rev. Alan- 
son W. Welton, in Ontario and adjacent counties ; Rev. Russel 
Wheeler, at Butternutts and Unadilla, Otsego county, and parts 
adjacent ; and, also, that Mr. Eleazar Williams continues to dis- 
charge, with fidelity and usefulness, the duties of Catechist, 
Schoolmaster, and Lay Reader among the Oneida tribe of Indians. 

The Bishop also laid before the Convention the following 
statements, containing the substance of the Reports of Mission- 
aries : 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary at Rensselaerville, and 
parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop as follows : — 

Since the last Convention I have officiated two-thirds of the 
time at Rensselaerville, and one-third at Durham, except the 
following days ; namely. 

One Sunday in Cattskill, when returning from Convention last 
fall ; one Sunday at Windham, and one at Greeneville, Greene 
county ; part of one Sunday in Albany, and part of one in Troy ; 
one Sunday in Waterford and Lansingburgh ; one at Butternutts, 

♦ These extracts are published at the end of this Journal. 



380 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1817. 

and in the evening at New Lisbon, Otsego county ; one Sunday 
at Windsor, Broome county, and administered the Communion. 
I was in Albany one Sunday, and one in Troy, when I performed 
no service. 

I also officiated on other days, besides at Rensselaerville and 
Durham, in Albany once ; at Westerlo once ; at Windsor, Broome 
county, twice, in different parts of the town ; at Unadilla once ; 
and once at Franklin, Delaware county. 

The Baptisms for the last year are, — at Rensselaerville, adult 
1, children 3 — 4; Greeneville, 1 child; Broome, Schoharie 
county, 3 children ; Durham, 2 children ; Windsor, Broome county, 
8 children ; — total, 18. 

Collections for the Episcopal Fund. Rensselaerville, ^2 81 ; 
Durham, ^1 06 ;— total, "$3 87. 

Collections for the Missionary Fund. Rensselaerville, $4 83 ; 
Durham, $2 44 ;— total, |7 27. 

There is no material alteration in the state of the congregations 
at Rensselaerville and Durham since last year. 

The Rev. Stephen Jewett, Missionary at Hampton, Granville, 
and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

During the past year I have been called to the exercise of a 
more than ordinary share of vigilance, activity, and laborious 
exertion. An extraordinary degree of religious excitement has 
prevailed in this vicinity, attended, as is too often the case, with 
an excessive zeal for making proselytes. I had, at one time, 
serious apprehensions that, during this fervour, the reasonable 
services of the Church might be undervalued, and some, perhaps, 
drawn from her pale. Conscious, however, of the correctness of 
the good old way, I determined to countenance no innovation, but 
to endeavour, with all possible prudence, to do my duty, leaving 
the result to the overruling providence of Him " who alone can 
order the wills and affections of men." And I am happy in being 
able to state, that we have not only kept good our numbers, but 
have made (blessed be God,) considerable additions, as will 
appear from the statement at the end of this report. The number 
of those who regularly attend Church, has greatly increased, 
especially at Hampton. Indeed, I have reason, I think, to flatter 
myself, that the Church is now much better known, and more 
generally respected, in this vicinity, than at any former period. 
One Sunday has been spent at Plattsburgh, and several, by ex- 
change with Mr. Hamilton, at Ticonderoga and Sandy Hill ; the 
remainder, as usual, at Hampton and Granville alternately. A 
third service has been performed every fourth Sunday at West 
Haven, (Vermont,) when a large and respectable congregation 
has attended ; and several have joined our communion. 



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During the year, owing to peculiar circumstances, about 100 
sermons and lectures have been given in the two parishes and 
their vicinity. In these discourses, my principal object has been 
to explain and enforce the doctrines and usages of our Church ; 
and 1 have found, I think, by experience, that, with the more 
candid and well informed part of the community, nothing is, in 
general, wanting but a knouledgc of the Church, to make her 
apostolic institutious valued and respected. 

In September last I visited, in company with the Rev. Mr. 
Hamilton, some Episcopalians at Northwest Bay, on the west 
side of Lake Champlain ; preached, and baptised seven children ; 
went thence to Plattsburgh, where I spent one Sunday, preached, 
and baptised one adult and sixteen children. At Plattsburgh I 
found several Episcopalians, and many others favourably disposed 
towards the Church. Indeed, I have no doubt, could an active 
and prudent missionary be sent there, but a large and respectable 
society of Episcopalians might soon be established. 

I have preached on the subject of the Episcopal and Missionary 
Funds. 

During the past year there have been, — baptisms, adults 22, 
children 47 — 69 ; marriages, 7 ; burials, 12. Added to the 
number of communicants : — in Hampton 15, in Granville 8 ; 
making the present number in the former place more than 80, in 
the latter more than 50. 

The Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, Missionary at Canandaigua, 
and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

As antici})ated in the Icist report, St. John's Church, Canandai- 
gua, was completed by the 1st day of December. It was conse- 
crated on the 12th day of that month by the Right Rev. Bishop 
Hobart, who kindly undertook a journey from New York for the 
special purpose at that unpleasant season. It has an elegant 
Gothic front and tower, which have been very generally admired ; 
the interior is perfectly plain, but neat and commodious. On the 
Sunday after Consecration, the Bishop administered Confirmation 
to 28 persons, several of whom have since become communicants. 
We trust, we may say, " Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." At 
present, some diminution in numbers is anticipated, from the 
expected removal of several families ; and the burden of late 
expenses is peculiarly felt, in consequence of new mercantile 
difficulties in the western counties : but we doubt not that " all 
things will work together for good." The Missionary collection 
yielded $21 06. From monies received at the Holy Communion, 
have been purchased 30 Bibles, a few Prayer Books, and some 
other books; and 2,700 Tracts have been printed here, and mostly 
distributed, besides a general charity ; also, 250 Prayer Books, 



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purchased by a few individuals, were presented as an oblation, 
and are distributing. 

The services in the west part of the town of Canandaigua are 
very well attended ; when they were begun, there was only one 
Episcopal family among the worshippers ; now, a great propor- 
tion unite zealously in the use of the Prayer Book, and seem 
willing to become fully attached to our Church. At Sulphur 
Springs and Victor the congregations remain as at the last 
report. 

On the 13th March last I held the first public services of our 
Church at Rochesterville ; since which I have been there several 
times ; and on the 14th July, (the Rev. Mr. Norton also being 
present,) organized a congregation by the name of. St, Luke's 
Church, Genesee Falls. On the 6th July I held the first services 
of our Church at Carthage and at Pittsford ; both which places I 
have since visited. On the 26th May, (Whit-Monday,) I held 
the first services of our Church, at Vienna, which place also I 
have since visited. 

The following statement will show the duties performed : In 
the village of Canandaigua, services on almost every Sunday ; 
also on Christmas, Good-Friday, and other special occasions : in 
the west part of the town, three or four miles from the village, a 
third service on every Sunday not stormy. I have visited Roches- 
terville, on Sundays three times, week days three times ; Carthage, 
on Sundays three times ; Pittsford, on Sundays four times ; Victor, 
on Sundays three times, week days three times ; Sulphur Springs, 
on Sundays twice, week days three times; Vienna, on week days 
twice. I have also, in exchange with the Rev. Mr. Johnston, 
been twice to Batavia — one Sunday and one week day ; twice at 
Le Roy — two week day evenings ; and once at Buffalo — held 
service on a week day, and administered Communion on Sunday. 
I held service at Auburn on a week day, and administered Com- 
munion on Sunday ; and once I have exchanged with Rev. Mr. 
Clark, of Geneva. 

St. John^s Church, Canandaigua. Baptisms, adults 10, children 
27 — 37; marriages, 3 ; funerals, 9; communicants, added 11, 
died 1, removed 5, — present number 24. 

Victor. Baptisms, 2 ; marriage, 1. 

Rochesterville. Baptism, 1. 

Sulphur Springs. Baptism, 1. 

This Missionary offers, as excuse for not attending the last 
Convention, his removal from New York about three months 
before, which would have rendered burdensome another journey 
in so short a time ; and for not attending the present Convention, 
(with other reasons,) the late illness of his family, and its health 
not being sufficiently re-established for so long an absence. 



1817.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 383 

The Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, Missionary at Turin, and paits 
adjacent, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

My services for the year past have been, for the most part, 
confined to the town of Turin. I have been absent from there but 
six Sundays : one of which I spent at Hamilton, in the county of St. 
Lawrence ; two at Boonville, Oneida county ; two in the towns of 
Lowville and Leyden ; and one in the city of New York, where I 
came for the purpose of being admitted to the holy order of Priests. 

I thought it most advisable that my mission should be chiefly 
spent in Turin, where I saw a prospect of building up a church, 
and, through the blessing of God, I have seen it realized. A 
congregation has been organized : many have become attached 
to our Liturgy. The corner-stone of a place of worship was laid 
on the 8th September ; the building is now enclosed, and will be 
ready for consecration early in June next. 

Communicants, 16; baptisms, 11; marriages, 2; funerals, 2. 

The Rev. William B. Lacey, Missionary in Chenango county, 
and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

Since the last Convention I have performed Divine service 
thirty-seven Sundays in St. Paul's Church, Oxford ; eleven Sun- 
days in St. Andrew's Church, New Berlin ; one Sunday in the 
village of Binghampton ; and three Sundays in the village of 
Norwich ; have, on Sunday evenings and week days, given eigh- 
ty-four lectures at different places, viz.^ New Berlin, Columbus, 
Bridgewater, Norwich, Oxford, Preston, Coventry, Greene, 
Lysle, and Bainbridge ; have baptised seven adults and twelve 
infants ; administered the Holy Communion ten times ; performed 
eight marriages ; and attended nine funerals. 

In St. Paul's Church, Oxford, the number of communicants is 
constantly increasing ; and I am happy to add, that I believe 
their attachment to the doctrines and discipline of the Church 
increases proportionably. Imbibing the pure and evangelical 
sentiments of our inimitable Liturgy, they, I trust, hold with 
increasing fidelity, " the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of 
peace, and in righteousness of life." 

The Church in Binghamton, though destined hitherto to conflict 
with adversity, will, with suitable exertions, become respectable. 
An edifice, originally designed for an academy, is now preparing 
for a church, and will, when completed, be sufficiently large and 
commodious. From the proceeds of a glebe, and other emolu- 
ments, it is thought a salary of six or seven hundred dollars per 
annum may be there raised for a clergyman. 

Although a variety of religious sentiments exist in the village 
of Norwich, yet, from the number and respectability of our friends 



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in that place, the prospects of the Church are not discouraging. 
In future I shall endeavour occasionally to officiate there. 

The Rev. James Thompson, Missionary in Greene county, 
reports to the Bishop as follows : 

The year past, since the last Convention, I have officiated two 
Sundays at Monticello, in the town of Thompson, county of Sul- 
livan, and twice on week days, and baptised seven children. 
There are about twenty families of Episcopalians in that place — 
it is the county town. They were anxious to organize a church, 
accordingly I stayed with them sufficient time to give the statute 
notice, and organized a church by the name of St. John's. They 
are anxious to be supplied a part of the time by Missionaries. I 
also visited the church at Paris by request, and officiated one 
Sunday, and administered the Communion, and one w^eek day ; 
at Richfield one Sunday, and one week day ; also one Sunday at 
Sharon, and three Sundays at Stamford. The Rev. Mr. Hunting- 
ton has taken the charge of the parish of Stamford, &c., and now 
resides there. I exchanged one Sunday with Mr. Fuller, at.Rens- 
selaerville ; one Sunday did not officiate, being prevented by rain ; 
the remaining part of my time I have divided equally between 
the churches at Greeneville, Windham, &c. I frequently have 
preached three times on Sunday, and many times on week days. 
The corner-stone of the new church at Windham was laid about 
the 18th day of June last, and it will be finished in a handsome 
style. I expect about the 1st day of December next it will be 
ready for consecration. It is built after the size and model of that 
at Rensselaerville. It does much credit to the zeal of that con- 
gregation. There have been added to the communion at Greene- 
ville and Windham, eight persons this year. I have baptised 
thirteen children and one adult ; and attended two funerals. I 
have formed a Bible and Common Prayer Book Society in each 
of the parishes of Windham and Greeneville, auxiliary to the 
New York Bible and Common Prayer Book Society. The 
whole of the books will be distributed this year in their own 
parishes. There are about sixty members of the Society at 
Windham, and a respectable number at Greeneville. It has had 
a good effect to create love, union, and zeal in the congregation. 
All will soon be supplied with books, young and old. An elegant 
large new Bible and Common Prayer Book have been given by 
the Society at Windham, for the new church. A new set of 
common furniture has been purchased for the new church. I 
preached the missionayy sermon, and made collection, at Greene- 
ville and Windham, $10 50. 

From the above concise statement, you will see a Divine bless- 
ing has attended my labours in some measure this year. 



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The Rev. Samuel Johnston, Missionary in Genesee and Niagara 
counties, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

On the llth September I left New York on my mission. I 
officiated, by invitation, one Sunday in the united parishes of 
Waterford and Lansingburgh ; one Sunday in Schenectady ; one 
Sunday in the vacant parish of Duanesburgh ; one Sunday in 
Auburn, the rector being at Convention. I arrived in Batavia 
the 16th October, and, agreeably to directions, devoted the most 
of my missionary labours there. I have officiated twenty Sundays 
in Batavia ; ten at Buffalo ; four at Le Roy ; two at Sheldon ; 
and, at the request of some members of the Church of England, 
while officiating at Buffalo, I crossed over to the British lines, 
and officiated several evenings at Fort Erie and Waterloo, and 
baptised twelve chddren. This w^as done at the request of a 
magistrate, the Rev. Mr. Addison, of Fort George, being in an 
enfeebled state of health. I have exchanged with the Rev. Orin 
Clark, who has performed Divine service for me one Sunday at 
Batavia, and one Sunday at Vienna. I also exchanged with the 
Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, who officiated one Sunday at Batavia, 
and one at Buffalo. The Rev. Alanson W. Welton, under whose 
assiduous labours the church in Batavia was planted, officiated 
one day, and administered the Holy Communion. Besides the 
Festivals and Fasts of the Church, I have very frequently per- 
formed a third service, and preached many lectures on week days, 
in places adjacent to organized churches. The congregation at 
Batavia, being many of them adherents to the Church, required 
ray constant labours. The seed has been sown in season and out 
of season. The Spirit of the Gospel appears to prevail, and the ,.^ 
prospect of an increased zeal for religion is brightening, and we' ' 
would humbly anticipate fruit unto holiness. They have enclosed 
a handsome brick church, in the Gothic order ; and had it not ^, 
been for the extreme pressure of the times, it would have been 
completed before this. In all probabiUty it will be ready for 
consecration next summer. On the 10th February I organized a 
church in the flourishing village of Bufl'alo, by the name of " St. 
Paul's Church, in Buffalo :" about twenty families attached them- 
selves to it. Their readiness to co-operate with my exertions, 
and their animated zeal for our Zion, were • truly praiseworthy. 
Five thousand dollars were immediately subscribed towards build- 
ing a church, but being disappointed in receiving payment for the' 
losses of their buildings last war, it was deferred. They still' 
continue zealous. 

On Tuesday, the 8th April, I organized a church by the name 
of " St. Mark's Church, in Le Roy :" about twenty families are 
its firm friends, most of them regularly nurtured in the Churclij 
fanuliar ■with her doctrines and principle, and alive to her inteii-^ 



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ests. The utmost harmony prevails in the different denominations, 
and there are many who serve God in the beauty of holiness. 
The advantages the place affords for building are such, that it is 
contemplated soon to build a neat church. Sheldon is a flour- 
ishing little Society : the members perform Divine service always 
when destitute of missionary aid. The field for usefulness is 
great, but Missionaries, Bibles, Prayer Books, and religious Tracts 
are greatly needed. 

Baptisms, 42 ; marriages, 2 ; funerals, 2. 

After the Rev. Mr. Norton came, the circuit was left to him. 
I then returned to the east, and officiated one Sunday at Ononda- 
ga ; one in Duanesburgh ; one at Schenectady, the rector being 
unwell ; one at Ballston Spa, in the absence of the rector ; one 
at Charlton ; three at Stillwater ; two at Scaghticoke. 

I exchanged one Sunday with the Rev. Mr. Butler, and two 
Sundays with the Rev. Mr. Adams, who supplied Cambridge. 

A missionary might be usefully employed for Cambridge, 
Scaghticoke, and Stillwater. 

The Rev. Professor Brownell, of Union College, writes to the 
Bishop as follows : 

After my report to you, about the time of the last annual Con- 
vention, I continued to perform Divine service in the College 
Chapel as before. I also supplied the vacant congregation at 
Stillwater three Sundays, and the vacant congregation at Duanes- 
burgh four Sundays. It has pleased Divine Providence, however, 
to interrupt my ministerial labours by a long and severe indispo- 
sition, which disqualified me from all active duties for several 
months. But I have reason to be thankful that this chastisement 
has been tempered with mercy, and that my health is now nearly 
restored. 

The Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, Deacon, Missionary in Wash- 
ington county, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

My missionary services have been devoted, for the year past^ as 
in the preceding one, to the destitute congregations in Washington 
county, and parts adjacent. At Sandy Hill a congregation has 
been duly organized, under the name of " Zion Clmrch, Sandy 
Hill." In the last year a number have been added to its commu- 
nion. And there is apparently a very considerable increase of 
piety and religious information among those who have been long 
attached to the Church. Much has been done toward restoring 
that peace and pureness of living, which must be, in some measure, 
lost, where a regular attendance on public worship has been, for 
a long time, suspended. This beneficial effect on the inhabitants 



IS 17.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 387 

of Sandy Hill generally ^ is to be ascribed to our solemn, appro- 
priate, and excellent Liturgy. By its use, accompanied by that 
Divine grace which is never withheld from those who rightly use 
the means God hath appointed, true religion has been successfully 
nourished and increased. Toward the attainment of this object 
not a little has been done by what is thought to be a very lauda- 
ble practice — that of celebrating Divine service, and reading a 
sermon, in the absence of the clergyman, by a member of the 
congregation. In this, our Episcopal brethren at Sandy Hill, 
have, for the year past, steadily persevered. They perceive and 
acknowledge its utility. Sandy Hill is a village of considerable 
importance ; and there, as well as in its vicinity, are many Epis- 
copalians who earnestly wish for the ser-vices of a clergyman, and 
who would do as much to effect that purpose as their dispersed 
situation will admit of. With a little assistance their wishes, in 
this respect, can be accomplished. They have it in view to erect 
a house for public worship ; and the subscription for that purpose 
is partly filled up ; but owing to the pressure of the times, by 
which the circumstances of several individuals have been materi- 
ally affected, a sum sufficiently large is not yet raised. It is 
hoped and expected, however, that, in the following year, the 
building will be completed. In the minds of many of other deno- 
minations in that part of the Diocese, a very favourable impression 
is made. It is believed there is a fair prospect of their holding 
with us " the faith in unity of spirit, and in the bond of peace." 
Under all these circumstances, it is supposed a greater attention 
may be profitably directed to the spiritual wants of Episcopalians 
in the north and east part of the State, than has hitherto been 
given. 

In Ticonderoga a congregation has been organized, under the 
name of " St. Paul's, Ticonderoga." Its number is small, but 
zealously attached to the principles and worship of the Church. 
Two years since scarcely an Episcopalian was known at that 
place. In relation to the Church, ignorance universally prevailed. 
If they could have the service of a clergyman only occasionally, 
a respectable congregation might now be gained. If a mission- 
ary was resident there, or at White Hall, and visited those two 
places alternately, together with others which intervene, he 
might be very useful in that part of the country, and soon secure 
to himself the necessary means of continuing so. 

I have preached twice in Cambridge to a small, but very atten- 
tive congregation : though they have but recently called for the 
service of the Church, the prospect is highly favourable. At 
Caldwell, a village at the head of Lake George, there are several 
Episcopalians j and it was with much satisfaction I perceived their 



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readiness to avail themselves of the service of the Church. 
Caldwell is twelve miles from Sandy Hill, and could be conve- 
niently visited on week days, as well as occasionally on Sundays, 
by the clergymen who shall be resident at the last mentioned 
place. This remark applies, also, to Cambridge, which is twenty- 
seven miles from Sandy Hill. 

I also visited, in the course of my mission, the village of Platts- 
burgh, in company with the Rev. Mr. Jewett. From conversa- 
tion with several of the most influential characters, and earnest 
and repeated requests of others, I have no doubt but that, if a 
missionary was stationed there, the arrangement would be found 
to be highly useful. The Bishop may readily perceive how little 
effect, comparatively speaking, the labours of a clerg}-man must 
necessarily have, when obliged to traverse so large an extent of 
country as I have been called to do in the course of my mission. 
If the Church does not appear so prosperous in this part of the 
Diocese as in many others, it may be apologized for by the single 
fact, that in an extent of country one hundred miles in length, 
and from twenty to thirty in breadth, in which there are but few 
towns where a sufficient number of Episcopalians may not be 
found to celebrate the service w^ith order and propriety, there are 
but two clergymen. 

With pleasure I mention, and gratefully acknowledge the 
assistance I have received from the Rev. Mr. Jewett, by his 
administration of the Communion to the churches of Sandy Hill 
and Ticonderoga. The effect which this and other ordinances 
have produced, when reverently used and esteemed, has impressed 
me with a lively sense of their importance, and with an additional 
reason for a faithful adherence to their use. I deem it proper to 
state, that a " Society for the Distribution of Bibles, Common 
Prayer Books, and Tracts," has been formed for the counties of 
Washington, Warren, and Essex, It promises to do much toward 
building up the spiritual Zion, and thus be a mean of increasing 
the glory of the Church. 

I have officiated twenty-one Sundays at Sandy Hill ; sixteen at 
Ticonderoga ; three at Hampton, by exchange with the Rev. Mr. 
Jewett ; also, by exchange with him, two at Granville Corner ; 
one at Hartford ; one at Caldwell ; two at Cambridge ; one in 
Plattsburgh. 

Zion Church, Sandy Hill. Baptisms, adults 2, infants 3 — 5 ; 
funerals, 3 ; communicants, 35 ; marriages, 2. 

St. PauVs Church, Ticonderoga. Baptism, 1 infant ; commu- 
nicants, 10. 

Occasional service, iv? often as congregations. qpujid be conveni- 
ently assembled. 



1817.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 389 

The Rev. Russel Wheeler, officiating Minister and Missionary 
at Butternutts, Unadilla, and parts adjacent, reports generally, 
that it is with high satisfaction he has continued to witness, for 
the year past, the increasing prosperity of the churcheis under his 
care. 

The circuit through which he has travelled, although not exten- 
sive, has imposed upon him much labour and fatigue. He has 
travelled for every other Sunday's service, at least twenty miles 
from home, and preached usually three times on Sundays, and 
given weekly lectures. 

In all the places where he has laboured in his missionary service, 
he has found prompt attention paid to the w'ord spoken, and the 
return of gratitude for sacramental privileges. Pious people ap- 
pear to be animated in the success of the Church, and really 
encouraged with the thought, that her apostolical ministry and 
evangelical service, will, at length, rise in their power and splen- 
dour, and secure generally the admiration of Christians. 

From the information which he has collected in his vicinity, he 
has a confidence in stating, that doubtless many wall rejoice 
eternally in consequence of missionary labours. Li the counties 
around him there is abundance of room for exertion, and a great 
call for Gospel instruction. The people have generally requested 
a longer visit than he has been able to grant. " May the Lord 
send forth labourers into His harvest." 

In the congregation of Butternutts he has witnessed a renewed 
ardour for the interests of the Church since the last Convention. 
The present edifice is small and inconvenient. It was erected 
many years since, w^hen the people were indigent, and the number 
of Churchmen very small, and never consecrated. There are now 
ample provisions made for building an elegant church. 

Baptisms, 25 ; deaths, 3 ; the number of communicants, about 
90. 

The congregation of Unadilla is not less distinguished for zeal 
and attachment to the services of the Church. The audience has 
been gradually increasing for the year past. Many have been 
added to the communion. And on the whole, the present state 
of improvement is such as cannot fail to delight and invigorate 
the friends of the Redeemer, and call forth their devout gratitude 
for the hitherto continued evidences of His grace. 

Baptisms, 15 ; deaths, 3 ; communicants, 50. 

He has visited the churches at Windsor and Binghamton, 
Broome county ; and the Church societies at Masonville and 
Franklin, Delaware county, and at Coventry and Bainbridge, 
Chenango county. He has preached at Burlington, in Otsego 
county, where a contribution has been made of $500 for the pur- 
pose of building a small church. Nothing can be more encour- 



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aging to the missionary than to behold evidence in the fruits of 
his labour, that the great Head of the Church is diffusing a spirit 
of evangelical supplication, and " adding to the Church such as 
shall be saved." 

Communicants, Windsor 25, Coventry 10 — 35 j Baptisms in 
these places, 10. 

The Rev. Charles Seabury, Missionarj-' at Huntington, Islip, 
and Setauket, reports as follows : 

Huntington. — I have performed Divine service five times within 
the last year to a respectable congregation ; my appointments 
at ray other churches not permitting me to attend oftener. I'he 
want of some active zealous person as a leader, is the only appa- 
rent cause why this congregation does not grow : my distant 
situation, twenty-five miles, prevents my spending much time with 
them. 

Islip. — This congregation is in a flourishing state : the people 
grow more fond of the Church, attend steadily, and appear devout. 

Setauket. — This congregation has not altered materially during 
the last year ; the pecuniary embarrassments which have prevail- 
ed through the country have fallen extremely hard upon this 
society. At the request of a few individuals at a place about 
four miles from the ohurch, I have, during the summer, after 
service in the afternoon, performed a third service and preached 
a sermon in a private house ; this has been done every third 
Sunday. 

My time is properly and regularly divided between the churches 
of Islip and Setauket — the first takes one-third ; the other, two- 
thirds : besides this regular duty, I have preached about fifteen 
lectures at different places and on different occasions. 

Setauket, baptisms 3, marriages 3, funerals 5 ; Islip, baptisms, 9. 

The Rev. Alanson W. Welton, Missionary in Ontario and the 
adjacent counties, writes to the Bishop as follows : 

Since the date of my last report I have devoted my time in such 
a manner as appeared to me most conducive to the interests of 
the Church in this part of the Diocese. I have spent twenty-three 
Sundays in Richmond ; fifteen in Avon ; three in Pulteney ville ; 
three in Buffalo ; one in Livonia, eight miles west from Rich- 
mond ; one at Manlius ; and two in Batavia. In most of these 
places the Church is in a very flourishing condition. The Rev. 
Mr. Johnston, while in this country, with others of the above- 
named places, occasionally visited Sheldon ; and the Rev. Mr. 
Norton has visited Catharine. I shall, in a few days, make 
another visit to Buffalo, taking in Sheldon on my way back. I 



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purpose to visit Catharine soon. We much need a larger number 
of Missionaries employed here, and I much regret that the state 
of the fund will not allow us more. It is of the utmost importance 
that we succeed in making a permanent establishment at Buffalo ; 
and I trust that I shall realize the hope that a Missionary, pos- 
sessing talents and experience sufficient, by the grace of God, to 
ensure him the confidence of the people there, will soon be sent 
out. They will exert themselves to do much, provided they 
receive a little encouragement. They are ardent and zealous in 
the cause of the Church and religion, and only need a little assist- 
ance. This assistance, I am sure, if there are any means, cannot 
long be withheld, since the local situation of Buffalo renders it 
highly important that the Church be firmly established there. 
Besides these places where the Church is already established, 
there are many others where it might be. In East Bloomfield, 
which has always been deemed the least likely to encourage the 
estabhshment of an Episcopal society, I have the fullest confidence 
one might be formed, and a church speedily built, provided we 
had a little more missionary aid. In Livonia, where I have per- 
formed service once, there are now Episcopalians enough to 
organize a society with every prospect of success and increase. 
Many other places might be named, but it is needless. We are 
well aware. Right Reverend Sir, that you have full knowledge of 
our necessities, and will render us all the assistance in your power. 
We could wish, however, that the wealthy part of the Laity of 
our Church felt the importance of the subject more. 

When I first visited Richmond, (formerly Honeyoye,) there 
were only eight persons there resident who were communicants, 
and only twelve who responded in the service. A church has 
since been built and finished : there are as many as fifty commu- 
nicants, and, I think, not less than one hundred and fifty persons 
who join in the service. This, it will be acknowledged, is an 
encouraging increase. 

If there are any Prayer Books to be distributed, let me entreat 
that they be sent out soon. I have received none from New York 
since the last Convention ; and one thousand could be disposed of 
to the best advantage. 

The Rev. William A. Clark, Missionary at Manlius, Onondaga 
county, and parts adjacent, writes to the Bishop as follows : 

The state of the churches in the county of Onondaga, and parts 
adjacent, is much as it was last year, with, generally, an increase 
of numbers. During the present year I have performed Divine 
service statedly at Manlius and Lenox. I have also visited and 
performed Divine service in Oswego, Tully, Preble, Onondaga 
Hill, Lock, Dryden, Auburn, and Skaneateles ; and at some of 



392 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1817. 

these places many times. A respectable society might be formed 
in Lock and Dryden, were not these places too distant from the 
station of any missionary. There are in them not less than twenty- 
five famihes of confirmed Episcopalians. 

But Oswego deserves the most attention. The place seems 
designed by natm-e to be important; the inhabitants, mostly friends 
to the Church, are people of considerable learning, talents, and 
refinement ; yet it is so distant from the churches in this county, 
and the road to it is so excessively bad, that it is impossible for 
any missionary, not resident there, to supply the place with the 
service of the Church regularly at stated times. And as there 
are other villages in the county where churches may be organized, 
I think there cannot be a place in the Diocese where a missionary 
is more wanted, or where one can do more to the building up of 
the Church. 

During the illness of Mr. Gear, I officiated for him at Onondaga 
and Tully. The Church is promising in those places. The 
church at Manlius has now seventy communicants ; at Lenox or 
Smithfield twenty-five; at Tully there are ten; at Lock and 
Dryden about twenty. 

My number of baptisms has been, infants 35, adults 10 — 45 ; 
marriages, 6 ; deaths, 2. 

Besides what is now reported, in July I visited the Onondaga 
tribe of Indians, in company with Mr. Williams, of Oneida, and 
the Rev. Mr. Gear. I administered Baptism to fifteen, and Mr. 
Gear to four or five. I found many of these people what I did 
not expect : one-half of the tribe, at least, friends to Christianity, 
and acquainted with the elementary principles of the Gospel. 
They are intelligent, temperate, and honest : but there are many 
of the tribe yet idolaters — yet in bondage to the superstitions of 
Paganism ; still such do not refuse to hear. And these miserable 
people are objects for the most important labours of an evangelist. 
Those who are Christians, were, many of them, by their conver- 
sation, long ago, true converts to the Church ; and all of them, 
through the influence of Mr. Wilhams, are disposed to hear 
from her ministers in preference to others. But a catechist might 
be placed among them with no small advantage. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Missionary in Otsego county, &c., 
reports to the Bishop as follows : 

It was not until near the close of the last winter that I had so 
far recovered from the severe wounds I had received from being 
thrown from my carriage, as to be able to attend to my mission- 
ary duties. The first place I visited was the town of Verona^ in 
the county of Oneida, where I attended Divine service, and 
preached to a decent congregation. I baptised one adult and five 



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children ; after which I administered the Holy Sacrament to a 
small number of very devout communicants. I also preached at the 
Oneida Castle, to a remarkably attentive audience of white people 
and Indians, and baptised one adult. Mr. Williams, the catechist, 
explained my discourse to the Oneidas, and attended prayers in 
their language. It is but seldom that so much solemnity is seen 
in any congregation. Mr. Williams was spoken of with much 
approbation in the neighbourhood where he resides ; and, as far 
as I could observe, was doing much good. 

I have also visited the churches at Butternutts and Unadilla, in 
exchange with the Rev. Mr. Russel Wheeler, and found the con- 
gregations in a flourishing state, under his ministry. A spirit of 
real piety appears to increase. 

I have likewise visited New Berlin : the Church in that place 
has increased, under the care of the Rev. Mr. Lacey. 

I have preached in Cherry Valley, Westford, and Milford : in 
all those places I was received with affection, and the congrega- 
tions were solemn and respectable. I have occasionally preached 
in the neighbouring towns, and attended catechetical lectures. 

The last place I visited was Paris, in Oneida county. The 
Church there is in excellent order. 

The congregations under my more immediate care are nearly 
in the same situation as when I made my last report. The num- 
ber of communicants gradually increases, so that we now have, 
including Richfield, about 120. 

Baptisms, adults 4, children 31 — 35; marriages, 9; funerals, 8. 

The reason why the number of baptisms fall short of my former 
reports, is because I have not had time to attend upon all the 
families who have spoken to me on the subject. 

The people at Butternutts have raised sufficient money to build 
a very handsome church. At Paris, also, while I %vas present, 
they subscribed nearly two thousand dollars, and were in sanguine 
expectation of obtaining as much as three thousand. In both 
those places churches will be erected next season. One farmer 
at Paris, together with his sons, young men, subscribed four 
hundred and seventy-five dollars. I mention this because it 
dscovered that zeal and affection for the Church which you will 
highly approve of. 

The Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, Deacon, Missionary in Onondaga 
county, and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

Since my last report I have performed Divine service twenty- 
four Sundays at Onondaga ; ten Sundays at Tully ; seven Sun- 
days at Oswego ; two Sundays at Skaneateles ; one Sunday at 
Eaton ; and exchanged two Sundays with the Rev. William A. 
Clark, of Manlius, who officiated for me at Tully and Onondaga- 



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A congregation has been organized at Oswego, and a house 
for worship is nearly completed at Onondaga. I am happy to 
state that there has been an increase of piety and numbers in all 
the congregations that I have visited. 

Baptisms, adults 4, infants 32 — 36 ; funerals, 2 ; marriages, 3. 

The Rev. William H. Northrop, Deacon, officiating in Auburn, 
and its vicinity, writes to the Bishop as follows : 

The two Sundays succeeding my ordination, in June last, I 
spent in Athens and Cattskill, and the next in Whitesborough, 
preaching once in each place. The gradual recovery of my 
health, and other causes led to this delay. Since that time I 
have spent twelve Sundays in Auburn, and, excepting one Sun- 
day on which the Rev. Mr. Onderdonk preached and administered 
the Communion, have preached. I have since exchanged one 
Sunday wath the Rev. Mr. Onderdonk, at Canandaigua ; three 
Sundays I have appropriated to St. Andrew's Church, Indian 
Fields, Genoa. 

St. Peter's Church, Auburn. Baptisms, infants, 6 ; burials, 
infants, 5 ; communicants, 25. 

St. Andrew's Church, Genoa. Baptisms, infants, 2. 

I wish claims in other quarters may not occasion our necessities 
to be wholly overlooked. Prayer Books are much wanted, and 
I think I could distribute many with lasting advantage to the 
Church. I hope as many as can be spared will be sent. 

The Rev. George H. Norton, Deacon, officiating in the western 
parts of the State, writes to the Bishop as follows : 

Since returning to the place of my residence, in the month of 
June last, my services have been principally devoted to the vacant 
congregations in this section of the Diocese. I have performed 
Divine service on Sundays at the following places : at Rochester 
four times, at Buffalo twice, at Batavia once, at Le Roy once, at 
Pulteneyville once, and once at Catharine Town ; besides which, 
I have officiated two Sundays at Canandaigua, two Sundays at 
Geneva, and one at Auburn. 

The churches which have been established west of the Genesee 
River will, I think, ere long, become very respectable, if they can 
receive the regular ministrations of clergymen. A very extensive 
field is open in that quarter for the labours of missionaries, and at 
least three or four at this time might find ample employment. 

At Rochester, where a church was organized in the month of 
July last, I think there is a prospect of raising up a flourishing 
congregation. The Society, I am in hopes, will be able, in the 
course of the ensuing year, to erect a house of worship. 



1817.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 395 

Agreeably to the 45th canon of tlie ^General Convention, the 
Clergy rendered the following Parochial Reports : 

St. Peter's Church, Waterville, Delaware county ; Rev. David 
Huntington, Minister. — The present minister commenced his 
services in August last. Baptisms, 40 ; death, 1 ; communicants, 
about 30. 

Trinity Church, Fishkill, Dutchess county, St. Philip's Church, 
Philipstoum, Putnam county, and St. Peter's Church, Peekskill, 
West Chester county ; Rev. Petrus S. Ten Broeck, Minister. — 
The congregations in these places have been in a depressed state, 
in consequence of having been destitute of the regular services of 
a clergyman for some time past : the two last particularly, which 
have been the longest destitute. They now appear to be rising 
from their depression. Since the last return, there has been a 
small increase of communicants in Fishkill. Baptisms, in Fish- 
kill, infants 2; in Philipstown, adult 1, infants 10 — 11. 

The minister of the above churches has once visited the con- 
gregation in Coldenham, Orange county ; performed Divine 
service, preached, and baptised one infant. 

St. James' Church, Hyde Park, Dutchess county ; Rev. John 
M'Vickar, Rector. — Baptisms, adults 4, infants 10 — 14 ; deaths, 
4; communicants, 61. 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county ; Rev. John 
Reed, Rector. — Families, about 100 ; baptisms, 36 ; communi- 
cants, 104. 

St. Paul's Church, Redhook, Dutchess county ; Rev. Henry 
Anthon, Deacon, Minister. — Marriage, 1 ; funerals, 3 ; baptisms, 
6 ; communicants, 25. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, Long Island;* Rev. Hugh Smith, 
Deacon, Minister. — The present minister commenced his services 
in July last. Communicants, added 20, removed and deceased 
2, — present number 135 ; baptisms, 27 ; marriages, 3 ; funerals, 
14. 

St. John's Church, Johnstoum, Montgomery county ; Rev. Eli 
Wheeler, Rector. — Baptisms, adult 1, infants 20 — 21 ; marriages, 
2 ', funerals, 9 ; communicants, removed, 2, — present number 40. 

Christ Church, JVew York; Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector. — 
Baptisms, 6 1 ; marriages, 35 ; communicants, 300. 

* This report was forwarded to the Convention. 



396 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1817. 

French Church Du St. Esprit, JYew York ; Rev. Henri L. P. 
F. Peneveyre, Rector. — Baptisms, infants, 15 ; marriages, 6 ; 
funerals, 3 ; communicants, 15. 

The services of the Church are here celebrated in the French 
language. 

Grace Church, JVew York ; Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., 
Rector. — Baptisms, 32 ; marriages, 9 ; communicants, about 170 ; 
burials, none registered in this church, there being no burial 
ground attached or belonging to it. 

St. George's Church, iN'e'w York ; Rev. James Milnor, Rec- 
tor. — Communicants, added 121, died 8, removed 5, — present 
number, 243 ; marriages, 17 ; baptisms, 91 ; funerals, — there is 
no place of burial attached to this church, except a few vaults in 
the church-yard. The interments of its members have generally 
been made in the cemeteries of Trinity Church, and are presumed 
to be recorded in that parish. 

St. James' Church, Kew York; Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Rec- 
tor. — Baptisms, 2; marriage, 1; burial, 1; communicants, (not 
included in other parochial reports,) 8. 

Since the last report, one communicant has removed, and two 
have been added. 

St. MichaeVs Church, J^ew York; Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, 
Minister. — Baptisms, 4; marriages, 3j burials, 3; communi- 
cants, 26. 

Since the last report, two communicants have died, five re- 
moved, five been added, and one suspended. 

St. Mark's Church, JVew York; Rev. William Creighton, 
Rector. — Baptisms, infants 22, adults 4 — 26 ; marriages, 3 ; 
burials, 9 ; communicants, about 100. 

St. Stephen's Church, JVew York; Rev. Henry J. Feltus, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 12, infants 165 — 177 ; marriages, 48 ; 
communicants, deaths and removals, 22, added 28, — present num- 
ber 400. 

Trinity Church, with iS*^. Paul's, and St. John's Chapels, JVeia 
York; Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Rector. — Baptisms, 
adults 6, children and infants 193 — 199 ; marriages, 77 ; burials, 
589 ; communicants, about 750. 

Trinity Church, Utica, Oneida county; Rev. Amos G. Bald- 



1817.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 397 

win, Rector. — Baptisms, adults 4, children 25 — 29 ; marriages, 
7; communicants, 59. 

The rector of this church visited the Oneida Indians last sum- 
mer, preached to them through an interpreter, administered the 
Lord's Supper, and baptised nine or ten children. 

St. James' Church, Goshen, Orange county ; Rev. Richard F. 
Cadle, Deacon, Minister. — The present minister commenced his 
services in the month of June last. Baptisms, adult 1, infants 
4 — 5 J burial, 1 ; marriage, 1 ; communicants, 17. 

St. George's Church, JYewburgh, Orange county ; Rev. John 
Brown, Rector. — Baptisms, adults 7, children 54 — 61 ; marriages, 
5 ; burials, 1 1 ; families, 40 ; communicants, added 17, died and 
removed 4, — present number, 36. 

In October last, the rector of this Church officiated in the vil- 
lage of Monticello, Sullivan county, to a very respectable congre- 
gation. This being the first time the service of the Church had 
been performed in this county, her friends were so far encouraged 
as to organize themselves shortly after, under the direction of the 
Rev. James Thompson, by the name of St. John's Church. Mr. 
Brown has occasionally visited this congregation since, and has 
baptised two children. If missionary aid could be extended to 
them f( of which they are very desirous,) there is but little doubt 
that the Church would prosper. 

Agreeably to appointment, Mr. Brown has officiated in St 
Andrew's Church, Coldenham, Orange county, administered the 
Holy Communion, and baptised three children. This congrega- 
tion would, no doubt, flourish under the faithful services of a 
minister. He also visited (previously to the settlement of the 
Rev. Mr. Ten Broeck there,) Trinity Church, Fishkill, Dutchess 
county, performed Divine service, attended one funeral, and bap- 
tised one child.| 

St. George's Church, Flushing, Long Island; Rev. Barzillai 
Bulkley, Rector. — Communicants, 45 ; baptisms, 11; marriages, 
8 ; funerals, 12. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, with Christ Chapel, JVorth 
Hempstead, Long Island ; Rev. Seth Hart, Rector. — Baptisms, 
adults 10, infants 28 — 38 j marriages, 27 ; burials, 24 ; commu- 
nicants, about 120. 

Grace Church, Jamaica, Long Island ; Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, 
Minister. — Baptisms, adults 4, infants 12 — 16; funerals, 7; com- 
mumcants, about 49. 



398 JOURNALS OP THE CONVENTIONS [1&17, 

St. James* Church, JSTewtown, Long Island; Rev. Evan M. 
Johnson, Minister. — Baptisms, adult 1, children 14 — 15 j mar 
riages, 7 ; funerals, 3 ; communicants, 50. 

Trinity Church, Lansinghurgh, Rensselaer county, and Grace 
Church, Waterford, Saratoga county ;* Rev. Parker Adams, 
Rector. — Baptisms, in these parishes 7, in other places 9 — 16 ; 
marriages, 4 ; funerals, 5 ; communicants, 46. 

The rector of these churches has performed Divine service, and 
preached one Sunday at Stillwater, three Sundays in Cambridge, 
and one in Vergennes, Vermont. 

St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer county ; Rev. David 
Butler, Rector. — Baptisms, infants 33, adults 5 — 38 ; marriages, 
7 ; funerals, 13 ; communicants, 126. 

The rector of this church has visited Caldwell, Warren county, 
performed Divine service there on Sunday, and baptised four 
children. He has likewise performed Divine service on Sunday 
in Cambridge, Washington county. 

St. Andrew's Church, with Trinity Chapel, Staten Island ; 
Rev. David Moore, Rector. — Families, 400 ; baptisms, 60 ; fu- 
nerals, 33 ; marriages, 6 ; communicants, 270. 

Christ Church, Duanesburgh, Schenectady county ; Rev. Na- 
thaniel F. Bruce, M. D., Deacon, Minister. — The present minister 
commenced his duties in this parish on the second Sunday in June. 
He found the congregation in a very depressed state : a long time 
having elapsed since the service of the Church had been regularly 
performed. 

To the liberality of the late Judge Duane, by whom the church 
was erected, and to his heirs, the parish is indebted for the iise of 
a glebe lot, containing 105 acres, a considerable part of which is 
cultivated. To the above-mentioned lot has been added another, 
containing 15 acres, by Mrs. Duane, widow of the late Judge 
Duane, who, with a liberality highly creditable, and a zeal for 
the interest of the Church worthy of imitation, has erected on said 
lot a very neat and commodious house, with other buildings, for 
the residence and accommodation of the rector or minister of the 
church. Said lot and buildings have been assigned over to a 
Board of Trustees, of which the Bishop of this Diocese, for the 
time being, is a member; to be held by them in trust, for the sole 
use and benefit of the rector or minister for the time being. - 

Baptisms, 8 j burial, 1 j communicants, 15. 

* TbiB report was forwarded to the ConTcntion. _, • 



18 17. J OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 399 

The minister observes with great satisfaction, that there is an 
increasing reverence of deportment, and attention to the service, 
generally manifested. 

St. George's Church, Schenectady ; Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, 
Rector. — Baptisms, children 40, adult 1 — 41 ; marriages, 23 ; 
funerals, 5 ; communicants, 72. 

During the past year, several have been added to the commu- 
nion, but there appears to have been nearly an equal number of 
removals : the whole number, therefore, remains about the same. 

In comphance with the appointment of the Bishop, the rector 
of this church has performed Divine service in Christ Church, 
Duanesburgh, one Sunday. 

St. Paul's Church, East Chester, West Chester county ; Rev. 
Ravaud Kearny, Minister. — Baptisms, adults 36, children 45 — 
81; marriages, 3; funerals, 2; communicants, (increase 23,) 48. 

Trinity Church, JVew Rochelle, West Chester county ; Rev. 
Theodosius Bartow, Rector. — Baptisms, adults 9, infants 8 — 17 ; 
marriages, 2 ; funerals, 5 ; communicants, 20. 

Christ Church, Rye, West Chester county; Rev. Samuel 
Haskell, Rector. — Marriages, 9; baptisms, 19; funerals, 8; 
communicants, about 50. 

St. Peter'' s Church, West Chester ; Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., 
Rector. — Baptisms, 5 ; marriages, 4 ; communicants, about 30. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers, West Chester county ; Rev. 
"William Powell, Minister. — Baptisms, 15 ; marriages, 13 ; com- 
municants, 48 ; funerals, 14. 



The Clergy were called on for an account of the sums collected 
in their several churches, for the Missionary and Episcopal Funds; 
and, agreeably to a resolution of the Convention of 1815, a state- 
ment is here subjoined. 



Missionuyi 
8 CTS 



St. Peter's Church, Albany, 

Trinity Church, Rensselaerville, Albany county, . 4 83 

Trinity Church, Fishkill, Dutchess county, . . 13 50 

St James' Church, Hyde Park, Dutchess county, 12 16 

St. Paul's Church, Durham, Greene county, . 2 44 
Christ Church, Greeneville, and Trinity Church, 

Windham, Greene county, . . . 10 50 



Epiecop&I. 
9 CTS. 

1130 
2 81 



12 16 
106 



400 



JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS 



[1817. 



Missionary. 
$ CTS. 

10 00 



Trinity Church, Fairfield, Herkimer county, 

St. i^nn's Church, Brooklyn, Long Island, . . 42 00 

St. John's Church, Johnstown, Montgomery co., 

Christ Church, New York, . . . . 154 63 

French Church Du St. Esprit, New York, . . 71 40 

Grace Church, New York, .... 248 67 

St. George's Church, New York, . . .155 65 

St. James' and St. Michael's Church, New York, 

St. Mark's Church, New York, . . . . 35 80 

St. Stephen's Church, New York — two collections, 129 93 

Trinity Church, New York, .... 200 51 

St. Paul's Chapel, New York, . . . . 182 00 

St. John's Chapel, New York, . . . . 84 28 

Added since by a member of the congregation, 12 00 
Trinity Church, tJtica, Oneida county, . . 26 00 
St. John's Church, Canandaigua, Ontario county, 21 06 
St. James' Church, Goshen, Orange county, . 12 25 
St. George's Church, Newburgh, Orange county, 5 75 
Christ Church, Cooperstown, Otsego county, 
St. Philip's Church, Philipstown, Putnam county,* 2 75 
St. George's Church, Flushing, Long Island, . 13 37 

Collected last year, but not then returned, . 20 43 
St. George's Church, Hempstead, Long Island, . 18 52 
St. James' Church, Newtown, Long Island, . 16 19 

Subscribed by young ladies of the congregation, 36 27 
St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer county, . 43 75 
St. Paul's Church, Charlton, Saratoga county, . 
St. George's Church, Schenectady, . 
St. John's Church, Islip, Long Island, . . 3 00 
Caroline Church, Setauket, Long Island, . . 3 50 
Trinity Church, New Rochelle, West Chester county, 7 12 1 07 
St. Peter's Church, Peekskill, West Chester coun-ty, 5 39 
Christ Church, Rye, West Chester county ,t . 14 13 7 26 
St. Peter's Church, West Chester, . . . 31 50 18 28 
St. John's Church, Yonkers, West Chester county, 25 72 9 02 

The Treasurer of the Convention submitted his report, from 
which it appeared that the increase of the Episcopal Fund,! 
during the past year, has been $1979 41, and that its present 
aggregate amount is $16,124 38. 

* The congregation in Phillipstown had incorrectly received notice, that there 
would not be service on the day appointed fbr the collection. This may account 
for the smallness of the return. 

t Collections were made last year in this church for both funds, but notice of 
them in the printed Journal was inadvertently omitted. 

J The Episcopal Fund, formed of annual collections for the purpose, is to be per- 
mitted to accumulate, without diminution, until its annual profits become adequate 
to the support of the Bishop of- the Diocese. 



Episcopal. 
8 CTS. 



9 00 
55 83 
35 00 
120 74 
76 56 
35 18 
30 88 

74 38 
95 00 

58 59 



10 00 
9 62 
4 50 

6 00 

16 18 



2 50 
14 50 



1817.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 401 

On motion, 

Resolved unanimously. That the report be accepted, and that 
the thanks of the Convention be returned to Mr. Gerrit H. Van 
Wagenen, for his faithful services as Treasurer, 

The following gentlemen were elected Delegates to the General 
Convention : 

Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rev. David Butler, Rev. William 
Harris, D. D., Rev. Nathanael Bowmen, D. D. ; Hon. Rufus King, 
Dr. John Onderdonk, Philip S. Van Rensselaer, Esq., Mr. Wil- 
liam Ogden. 

The follow^ing gentlemen were elected the Standing Committee 
of this Diocese : 

Rev. William Harris, D. D., Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., 
Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D. ; Richard 
Harison, Esq., Gen. Matthew Clarkson, Mr. William Ogden, 
Nicholas Fish, Esq. 

The follo\ving gentlemen were elected Members of the Com- 
mittee of the Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating the 
Gospel in the State of New York, of which the Bishop of the 
Diocese is {ex-qfficio) President : 

Rev. Nathanael Bowen, D. D., Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rev. Henry 
J. Feltus; Mr. Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, Dr. John Onderdonk, 
Thomas L. Ogden, Esq. 

Mr. Gerrit H. Van Wagenen was elected Treasurer of the 
Convention. 

The Clergy who were appointed at the last Convention, agree- 
ably to a canon of this Church of 1806, to officiate in vacant 
parishes within this Diocese, were called on agreeably to the 
same canon, " for an account of the fulfilment of the duty, and to 
report concerning the state of the parishes which they have 
visited ;" and the following appointments were made for the 
ensuing year : the Clergy to supply the congregations annexed to 
their names respectively, at such times as they may deem most 
convenient and proper. 

The Rev. Mr. Haskell, the Rev. Mr. Powell, and the Rev. 
Mr. Kearny, the vacant parishes in West Chester county. 

The Rev. Mr. Powell, the Rev. Mr. Ten Broeck, and the Rev. 
Mr. Cadle, St. Andrew's Church, Coldenham, Orange county. 

The Rev. Mr. Thompson, the Rev. Mr. Brown, and the Rev. 
Mr. Cadle, St. John's Church, Monticello, Sullivan county. 



402 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [18 17. 

The Rev. Mr. Stebbins, the Rev. Mr. Perry, and the Rev. Dr. 
Bruce, the vacant parishes in Saratoga county. 

The Rev. Mr. Reed, and the Rev. Mr. Ten Broeck, the vacant 
parishes in Dutchess and Putnam counties. 

The Convention adjourned sine die. 

JOHN HENRY HOBART, D. D., 

Bishop of the Prot. Episc. Church in the State of New York, and President of the Convention. 

Attested, 
BENJAMIN T. ONDERDONK, Secretary. 



APPENDIX 



EXTRACTS 

From the Journal of the House of Bishops, in the late General Convention, 

Ordered to be printed with this Journal. 

Saturday, May 24. 
Resolved, That the following be entered on the Journal of this 
House, and be communicated to the House of Clerical and Lay 
Deputies : 

The House of Bishops, impressed with the importance of 
informing the youth and others in the Doctrines, Constitution, 
and Liturgy of the Church, deem it their duty to call the attention 
of the Clergy to the 22d canon, which enjoins on them diligence 
in catechetical instruction and lectures. The Bishops consider 
these as among the most important duties of clergymen, and 
among the most effectual means of promoting rehgious knowledge 
and practical piety. 

Tuesday, May 27. 

Resolved, That the follovdng be entered on the Journal of this 
House, and be sent to the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, to 
be read therein : 

The House of Bishops, solicitous for the preservation of the 
purity of the Church, and the piety of its members, are induced 
to impress upon the Clergy the important duty, with a discreet 
but earnest zeal, of warning the people. of their respective cures, 
of the danger of an indulgence in those worldly pleasures which 
may tend to withdraw the affections from spiritual things. And 
especially on the subject of gaming, of amusements involving 



1817.] OF THE UIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 403 

cruelty to the brute creation, and of theatrical representations, to 
which some peculiar circumstances have called their attention, — 
they do not hesitate to express their unanimous opinion, that these 
amusements, as well from their licentious tendency, as from the 
strong temptations to vice which they afford, ought not to be 
frequented. And the Bishops cannot refrain from expressing 
their deep regret at the information that in some of our large 
cities, so little respect is paid to the feelings of the members of 
the Church, that theatrical representations are fixed for the even- 
ings of her most solemn festivals. 



MISSIONARIES. 



The salaries of the following missionaries, viz., the Rev. Sam- 
uel Johnson, the Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, and the Rev. Charles 
W. Hamilton, are paid from the funds procured by " the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Society of Young Men, and others ;" they are, 
therefore, to be designated as Missionaries aided by that Society. 



T H I R T Y-T H I R D G O N V E N T I O N. 



JOURNiLI. 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 

IN THE STATE OP NEW YORK ; 

HELD IN TRINITY CHURCH, IN THE CITY OF NEWYORK, 

On Tuesday, Oct. 20th, and Wednesday, Oct. Slat, A. D. 1818. 



3lfst of t^c Ctlergs ann JLaj JBtltQatts 

WHO ATTENDED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY, 

The Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Bishop of the Dio- 
cese, and Rector of Trinity Church, including St. Paul's and St. 
John's Chapels, New York. 

The Rev. Henry Anthon, Deacon, Minister of St. Paul's 
Church, Redhook, Dutchess county. 

The Rev. Theodosius Bartow, Rector of Trinity Church, New 
Rochelle, West Chester county. 

The Rev. David Brown, Deacon, Minister of St. James' Church, 
Hyde Park, Dutchess county. 

The Rev. John Brown, Rector of St. George's Church, New- 
burgh, Orange county. 

The Rev. Thomas C. Brownell, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Flushmg, Queen's county. 

The Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, 
Rensselaer county. 

The Rev. Richard F. Cadle, Deacon, Minister of St. James' 
Church, Goshen, Orange county. 



1818.] JOURNALS OP THE CONVENTIONS, ETC. * 405 

The Rev. William Creighton, Rector of St. Mark's Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St Stephen's Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary, in Albany and Greene 
counties. 

The Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, Deacon, Missionary in Wash- 
ington county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. William Harris, D. D., President of Columbia College, 
New York. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead, iftcluding Christ Chapel, North Hempstead, Queen's 
county. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, Rye, West 
Chester county. 

The Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Rector of St James' Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Evan M. Johnson, Rector of St. James' Church, 
Newtown, Queen's county. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. John M'Vickar, Professor of Rhetoric and Moral 
Philosophy, in Columbia College, New York. 

The Rev. James Montgomery, Rector of Grace Church, New 
York, 

The Rev. David Moore, Rector of St Andrew's Church, 
including Trinity Chapel, Staten Island. 

The Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, Rector of St John's Church, 
Canandaigua, Ontario county. 

The Rev. Henri L. P. F. Peneveyre, Rector of the French 
Church Du St. Esprit, New York. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens, 
and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, Greene county. 

The Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, Missionaiy at Turin, Lewis county, 
and parts adjacent 

The Rev. Charles Seabury, Rector of Caroline Church, Setauket, 
and Missionary to Huntington and Islip, Suffolk county. 

The Rev. Hugh Smith, Deacon, Minister of St. Ann's Church, 
Brooklyn, King's county. 

The Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Schenectady. 

The Rev. James Thompson, Missionary in Greene and Dela- 
ware counties. 

The Rev. Eli Wheeler, Assistant Minister of St. George's 
Church, Hempstead, Queen's county. 



400 . JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1818. 

The Rev. Russel Wheeler, Missionary at Butternutts and Una- 
dilla, Otsego county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester, West Chester county. 

The following Clergy, not entitled to seats, were admitted to 
the sittings of the Convention : 

The Right Rev. John Croes, D. D., Bishop of the Diocese of 
New Jersey. 

The Rev. Parker Adams, late Rector of Trinity Church, ' 
Lansingburgh, Rensselaer county, and Grace Church, Water- 
ford, Saratoga county. 

The Rev. George B. Andrews, Deacon, residing in Red- 
hook, Dutchess county. 

The Rev. James W. Eastburn, Deacon, residing in New 
York. 

The Rev. John Grigg, jun.. Deacon, residing in New 
York. 

The Rev. Ravaud Kearny, Minister of St. Paul's Church, 
East Chester, West Chester county. 

The Rev. William B. Lacey, Minister of St. Peter's 
Church, Albany. 

The Rev. Wilham H. Northrop, Deacon. 

The Rev. Thomas Osborne, Deacon, residing in Claverack, 
Columbia county. 

The Rev. Amos Pardee. 

The Rev. William Powell, Minister of St. John's Church, 
Yonkers, West Chester county. 

The Rev. Alexis P. Proal, Deacon, residing in New York. 

The Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Minister of Grace Church, 
Jamaica, Queen's county. 

The Rev. George Upfold, M. D., Deacon, residing in New 
York. 

The Rev. Peter G. Clark, Deacon, 

The Rev. Origen P. Holcomb, Deacon, 

The Rev. James Keeler, Deacon, 

The Rev. Samuel Nicholls, Deacon, 

The Rev. Birdsey G. Noble, 

The Rev. Reuben Sherwood. 

The Rev. John Croes, jun., of New Jersey. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

Columbia county. 
Hudson, Christ Church, J. R. Van Rensselaer, Fleming. 



► of Connecticut. 



1818.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 407 

Dutchess county. 

Fishkill, Trinity Church, Daniel C. Verplanck, Abraham Weeks. 

Hyde Park, St. James' Church, Benjamin Allen. 

Poughkeepsie, Christ Church, James Emott, Thomas J. Oakley, 
Philo Ruggles. 

Redhook, St. Paul's Church, Robert L. Livingston, Ebenezer 
Punderson. 

King's county. 

Brooklyn, St. Ann's Church, William Cornwell, William 
Grigg, Charles Hewlett. 

Montgomery county. 
Johnstown, St. John's Church, Nicholas Philpot. 

City and county of JVew York. 

Christ Church, George Dominick, Israel Horsfield, Floyd 
Smith. 

French Church Du St. Esprit, Jacob SchiefFelin. 

Grace Church, David B. Ogden, John Wells. 

St. George's Church, Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, James D. L. 
Walton, Harry Peters. 

St. James' Church, Peter Schermerhorn, Martin Hoffman. 

St. Mark's Church, Clement C. Moore, Nicholas Fish. 

St. Michael's Church, Valentine Nutter, William A. Davis, 
Isaac Jones. 

St. Stephen's Church, Marinus Willett, Daniel Mersereau, 
James Smith. 

Trinity Church, Richard Harison, Nehemiah Rogers, Thomas 
L. Ogden, Joshua Jones. 

Orange county. 

Coldenham, St. Andrew's Church, David Ruggles. 
Goshen, St. James' Church, John Duer, Henry G. Wisner, 
Newburgh, St. George's Church, Johnson Verplanck. 
New Windsor, St. Thomas' Church, Charles Ludlow. 

Queen's county. 

Flushing, St. George's Church, William Prince. 
Hempstead, St. George's Church, George Hulett. 
Jamaica, Grace Church, Timothy Nostrand, John Skidmore. 
Newtown, St. James' Church, Timothy Roach, Benjamin 
Moore, John Alsop. 

Rensselaer county. 

Troy, St. Paul's Church, Esaias Warren. 



408 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1818k 

Richmond county. 

Richmond, St. Andrew's Church, Nathaniel Britten, Walter 
Dongan. 

Schenectady county. 

Duanesbiirgh, Christ Church, G. W. Featherstonhaugh. 
Schenectady, St. George's Church, William Richmond. 

Suffolk county. 
Islip, St. John's Church, John T. Champlin. 

Sullivan county. 
Monticello, St. John's Church, Livingston Billings. 

Washington county. 
Sandy Hill, Zion Church, Zina Hitchcock. 

West Chester county. 

Bedford and Northcastle, St. Matthew's Church, William Jay. 
East Chester, St. Paul's Chm*ch, John Townsend, William 
Popham. 
Mamaroneck, St. Thomas* Church, William Delancey. 
New Rochelle, Trinity Church, Gideon Cogershell. 
North Salem, St. James' Church, Epenetus Wallace. 
Rye, Christ Church, Jonathan Purdy, Peter J. Munro. 
West Chester, St. Peter's Church, Abijah Hammond. 
Yonkers, St. John's Church, Henry White, Isaac Vermillyea. 

The following Clergy, entitled to seats in the Convention, were 
not present during this session : 

The Rev. William Berrian, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Nathaniel F. Bruce, M.D., Rector, of Christ Church, 
Duanesburgh, Schenectady county. 

The Rev. Leveret Bush, Deacon, Minister of St. Paul's Church, 
Oxford, Chenango county. 

The Rev. Orin Clark, Rector of Trinity Church, Geneva, 
Ontario county. 

The Rev. William A. Clark, Missionary at Buffalo, Niagara 
county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, Missionary at Onondaga, Onondaga 
county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Stephen Jewett, Missionary in Washington county. 

The Rev. Daniel M'Donald, Minister of Trinity Church, and 
Principal of the Academy, Fairfield, Herkimer county. 



1818.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. ' 409 

The Rev. James Milnor, Rector of St. George's Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Missionary in Otsego and Chenango 
counties. 

The R,ev. George H. Norton, Deacon, Missionary in Ontario 
and Seneca counties. 

The Rev. Joseph Perry, Rector of Christ Church, Ballston Spa, 
Saratoga county. 

The Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, 
Dutchess county. 

The Rev. Alanson W. Welton, Missionary in Ontario, and 
adjacent counties. 

New York, Tuesday, October 20th, 1818. 

This being the day appointed by the Constitution of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church in the State of New York, for the 
meeting of the annual Convention of the same, the Right Rev. 
John Henry Hobart, D. D., Bishop of the Diocese, and several 
Clergy and Lay Delegates, attended, at half-past 10 o'clock a. m., 
in Trinity Church, in the city of New York, which had been ap- 
pointed by the Bishop as the place of meeting. 

Morning Prayer was celebrated by the Rev. David Butler, Rec- 
tor of St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer county ; and an appro- 
priate sermon preached by the Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of 
Christ Church, New York. The Bishop then held an ordination, 
and admitted to the holy order of Deacons, George B. Andrews, 
James W. Eastburn, John Grigg, jun., and George Upfold, M.D., 
of this Diocese ; and Peter G. Clark, Origen P. Holcomb, and 
James Keeler, of Connecticut. 

The Convention then assembled, and a list of the Clergy entitled 
to seats being called over, agreeably to the second canon of this 
Diocese of 1803, the following answered to their names, and took 
their seats : 

The Rev. David Brown, Deacon, Minister of St, James' Church, 
Hyde Park, Dutchess county ; the Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector 
of St. George's Church, Flushing, Queen's county ; the Rev. 
David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer 
county ; the Rev. WiUiam Creighton, Rector of St. Mark's 
Church, New York ; the Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Ste- 
phen's Church, New York ; the Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary 
in Albany and Greene counties ; the Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of 
St. George's Church, Hempstead, Queen's county ; the Rev. 



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Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, Rye, West Chester 
county; the Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, Rector of St. James' Church, 
New York ; the Rev. Evan M. Johnson, Rector of St. James' 
Church, Newtown, Queen's county ; the Rev. Thomas Lyell, 
Rector of Christ Chmch, New York ; the Rev. James Montgom- 
ery, Rector of Grace Church, New York ; the Rev. David Moore, 
Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island ; the Rev. Benjamin 
T. Onderdonk, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New 
York; the Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, Rector of St. John's 
Church, Canandaigua, Ontario county ; the Rev. Henri L. P. F. 
Peneveyre, Rector of the French Church Du St. Esprit, New 
.York; the Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, 
Athens, and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, Greene county ; the 
Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, Missionary at Turin, Lewis county, and 
parts adjacent ; the Rev. Hugh Smith, Deacon, Minister of St. 
Ann's Church, Brooklyn, King's county ; the Rev. Cyrus Steb- 
bins, Rector of St. George's Church, Schenectady ; the Rev. 
James Thompson, Missionary in Greene and Delaware counties ; 
the Rev. Eli Wheeler, Assistant Minister of St. George's Church, 
Hempstead, Queen's county ; the Rev. Russel Wheeler, Mission- 
ary at Butternutts and Unadilla, Otsego county, and parts adja- 
cent ; the Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D.D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester, West Chester county. 

The following Lay Delegates presented certificates of their 
respective appointments, which were read, and approved, and 
they accordingly took their seats in the Convention : 

From Christ Church, Hudson, Columbia county, Jacob R. Van 

Rensselaer, Fleming ; from Trinity Church, Fishkill, 

Dutchess county, Daniel C. Verplanck ; from St. James' Church, 
Hyde Park, Dutchess county, Benjamin Allen ; from Christ 
Church, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, James Emott, Thomas 
J. Oakley, Philo Ruggles; from St. Paul's Church, Redhook, 
Dutchess county, Robert L. Livingston ; from St. Ann's Church, 
Brooklyn, King's county, William Cornwell, William Grigg, 
Charles Hewlett; from St. John's Church, Johnstown, Mont- 

fomery county, Nicholas Philpot ; from Christ Church, New 
ork, George Dominick, Israel Horsfield ; from the French 
Church Du St. Esprit, New York, Jacob SchiefFelin ; from Grace 
Church, New York, David B. Ogden, John Wells ; from St. 
George's Church, New York, Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, James 
D. L. Walton ; from St. James' Church, New York, Peter Scher- 
merhorn, Martin Hoffman ; from St, Mark's Church, New York, 
Clement C. Moore, Nicholas Fish ; from St. Michael's Church, 
New York, Valentine Nutter ; from St. Stephen's Church, New 



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York, Marinus Willett, Daniel Mersereau ; from Trinity Church, 
New York, Neheraiah Rogers, Thomas L. Ogden, Joshua Jones ; 
from St. Andrew's Church, Coldenham, Orange county, David 
Ruggles ; from St. George's Church, Newburgh, Orange county, 
Johnson Verplanck ; from St. George's Church, Hempstead, 
Queen's county, George Hulett ; from Grace Church, Jamaica, 
Queen's county, Timothy Nostrand ; from St, James' Church, 
Newtown, Queen's county, Timothy Roach, Benjamin Moore, 
John Alsop ; from St. Andrew's Church, Richmond, Richmond 
county, Nathaniel Britten, Walter Dongan; from St. George's 
Church, Schenectady, William Richmond ; from St. John's 
Church, Islip, Suffolk county, John T. Champhn ; from St. Mat- 
thew's Church, Bedford and Northcastle, West Chester county, 
WilUam Jay ; from St. Paul's Church, East Chester, West Ches- 
ter county, John Townsend, William Pophamj from St. Thomas' 
Church, Maraaroneck, West Chester county, William De Lan- 
cey ', from Trinity Church, New Rochelle, West Chester county, 
Gideon Cogershell ; from St. Peter's Church, West Chester, 
West Chester county, Abijah Hammond ; from St. John's Church, 
Yonkers, Henry White, Isaac Vermillyea. 

Certificates were read, and severally approved, of the incor- 
poration of St. Thomas' Church, New Windsor, Orange county ; 
Zion Church, Sandy Hill, Washington county; and St. Paul's 
Church, Turin, Lewis county ; and the said churches were receiv- 
ed into union with this Convention. 

Certificates were read, and severally approved, of the appoint- 
ment of Charles Ludlow, as a Lay Delegate from St. Thomas' 
Church, New Windsor, Orange county ; and of Zina Hitchcock, 
as a Lay Delegate from Zion Church, Sandy Hill, Washington 
county ; and those gentlemen took their seats accordingly. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the Right Rev. John Croes, D. D., Bishop of 
the Diocese of New Jersey, now in this city, be admitted to the 
sittings of this Convention. 

The Right Rev. Bishop Croes took his seat accordingly. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That clergymen of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 
who may be in the city of New York during the session of this 
Convention, and are not members thereof, be admitted to its 
sittings. 



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Agreeably to this resolution, the following clergymen took 
their seats : 

The Rev. Parker Adams, late Rector of Trinity Church, Lans- 
ingburgh, Rensselaer county, and Grace Church, Waterford, 
Saratoga county ; the Rev. George B. Andrews, Deacon, residing 
in Redhook, Dutchess county; the Rev. James W. Eastburn/ 
Deacon, residing in New York ; the Rev. John Grigg, jun.. 
Deacon, residing in New York ; the Rev. Ravaud Kearney, Min- 
ister of St. Paul's Church, East Chester, West Chester county ; 
the Rev. Thomas Osborne, Deacon, residing in Claverack, Co- 
lumbia county ; the Rev. William Powell, Minister of St. John's 
Church, Yonkers, West Chester county ; the Rev. Alexis iP. 
Proal, Deacon, residing in New York ; the Rev. Gilbert H. 
Sayres, Minister of Grace Church, Jamaica, Queen's county: 
the Rev. George Upfold, M. D., Deacon, residing in New York, 
of this Diocese; the Rev. Peter G. Clark, Deacon, the Rev. 
Origen P. Holcomb, Deacon, the Rev. James Keeler, Deacon, 
the Rev. Samuel Nicholls, Deacon, the Rev. Birdsey G. Noble, 
the Rev. Reuben Sherwood, of Connecticut. 

The Convention proceeded to the election of a Secretary, and 
the Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk was chosen. 

The Convention adjourned until to-morrow morning, at half- 
past 9 o'clock. 

Wednesday, October 21st. 

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. 

Morning Prayer was celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Prentiss, 
Rector of Trinity Church, Athens, and St. Luke's Church, 
Cattskill, Greene county. 

The following Clergy, members of the Convention, not present 
yesterday, appeared, and took their seats ; 

The Rev. Henry Anthon, Deacon, Minister of St. Paul's 
Church, Redhook, Dutchess county; the Rev. Theodosius Bar- 
tow, Rector of Trinity Church, New Rochelle, West Chester 
county ; Rev. John Brown, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Newburgh, Orange county ; the Rev. Thomas C. Brownell, an 
Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; the Rev, 
Richard F. Cadle, Deacon, Minister of St. James' Church, Go- 
shen, Orange county ; the Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, Deacon^ 
Missionary in Washington county, and parts adjacent j the Rev. 



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William Harris, D. D., President of Columbia College, New 
York ; the Rev. John M'Vickar, Professor of Rhetoric and Moral 
Philosophy, in Columbia College, New York ; the Rev. Charles 
Seabury, Rector of Caroline Church, Setauket, and Missionary to 
Huntington and Ishp, Suffolk county. 

The following Lay Delegates, having produced testimonials 
of their respective appointments, which were read and approved, 
took their seats accordingly : 

From Trinity Church, Fishkill, Dutchess county, Abraham 
Weeks ; from St. Paul's Church, Redhook, Dutchess county, 
Ebenezer Punderson ; from Christ Church, New York, Floyd 
Smith ; from St. George's Church, New York, Harry Peters ; 
from St. Michael's Church, New York, William A. Davis, Isaac 
Jones ; from St. Stephen's Church, New York, James Smith ; 
from Trinity Church, New York, Richard Harison ; from St. 
James' Church, Goshen, Orange county, John Duer, Henry G. 
Wisner; from St. George's Church, Flushing, Queen's county, 
William Prince ; from Grace Church, Jamaica, Queen's county, 
John Skidmore ; from St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer coun- 
ty, Esaias Warren ; from Christ Chm'ch, Duanesburgh, Schenec- 
tady county, G. W. Featherstonhaugh ; from St. John's Church, 
Monticello, Sullivan county, Livingston Billings; from St. James' 
Church, North Salem, West Chester county, Epenetus Wallace ; 
from Christ Church, Rye, West Chester county, Jonathan Purdy, 
Peter J. Munro. 

Agreeably to the resolution of yesterday, admitting to the 
sittings of this Convention, clergymen who are not members 
thereof, the following gentlemen took their seats : 

The Rev. William B. Lacey, Minister of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany ; the Rev. William H. Northrop, Deacon ; and the Rev. 
Amos Pardee, of this Diocese ; and the Rev. John Croes, jun., of 
New Jersey. " 

The minutes of the proceedings yesterday were read, and 
approved. 

Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, the 
Right Rev. Bishop Hobart delivered the following Address : 

MY BRETHREN OP THE CLERGY AND LAITY, 

The attendance at this Convention of so large a proportion of the Clergy, 
and of so numerous and respectable a delegation from the Laity, may be 
regarded as a gratifying evidence of an increasing zeal for the interests of our 
Church. 



414 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1818. 

It is my duty, m pursuance of one of the canons, to lay before you a view 
of my official acts since the last annual Convention. 

In the month of June last, I visited the church at Windham, Greene county, 
and also performed Divine service at Cattskill, Athens, and Hudson. 

In the month of July, I visited the church at Yonkers, West Chester county, 
which has recently, in the interior, been repaired and altered in a very hand- 
some manner. 

In the month of August, I visited Christ Church, Ballston Spa, and the 
churches at Milton and Charlton, Saratoga county ; Trinity Church, Utica, 
Oneida county; St. Paul's Church, Turin, on the Black River, Lewis county ; 
St. Paul's Church, Waddington, on the St. Lawrence, and the church at Rus- 
sell, St. Lawrence county ; Trinity Church, Fairfield, Herkimer county ; St. 
John's Church, Johnstown, Montgomery county ; and St. George's Church, 
Schenectady; and also perfoimed Divine service in the course of this visitation, 
in LowviUe, Lewis county, and Ogdensburgh and Potsdam, St. Lawrence 
county. 

In the month of September, I visited the churches at Duanesburgh, Schenec- 
tady county; Paris, and the Oneida Castle, Oneida county; Manlius, and 
Onondaga, West Hill, Onondaga county ; Auburn, Cayuga county; Geneva, 
PulteneyviUe, Canandaigua, Victor, Pittsford, Rochester, Richmond, and Avon, 
and performed Divine service at the town of Pennfield, Ontario county. The 
congregations at Le Roy and Batavia, Genesee county, and BuflFalo, Nit^ra 
county, were also visited. In all of these places I preached, in most of them 
held confirmations, and in several administered the sacrament of the Lord's 
Supper. 

On my return from visiting the churches at the westward, I assisted, at 
Philadelphia, in the consecration of the Rev. Dr. Bovven, the Bishop elect of 
the Church in South Carolina. 

The following new churches have been consecrated : — St. Paul's Church, 
Windham, Greene county; Christ Church, Ballston Spa, Saratoga county; St 
Paul's Church, Turin, Lewis county; St. Paul's Church, Waddington, St. 
Lawrence county; Zion Church, Onondaga, West Hill, Onondaga county; and 
St. Paul's Church, Richmond, Ontario county. New churches erecting at 
Paris, Oneida county; Butternutts, Otsego county; and Binghamton, Broome 
county, are nearly ready for consecration. 

I have held the following ordinations: — On the 23d of October last, in 
Trinity Church, New York, the Rev. Samuel Johnston was admitted to the 
holy order of Priests, and David Brown to that of Deacons. On the 17th of 
March last, in Christ Church, New York, the Rev. Charles Smyth, of the 
Diocese of Connecticut, Deacon, was admitted to the order of Priests. On the 
25th of April last, in Trinity Church, New York, Rodney Rossetter, of the 
Diocese of Connecticut, was admitted to the order of Deacons. On the 26th of 
May, at Stamford, Connecticut, Augustus Fitch, of that Diocese, and Leveret 
Bush, of this Diocese, were admitted to the order of Deacons. On the 26th of 
June, at Windham, Greene county, the Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, Deacon, Mis- 



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sionary in Onondaga county ; and on the 28th of the same month, in Christ 
Church, Hudson, the Rev. Gregory T. Bedell, Deacon, minister of that church, 
were admitted to the order of Priests ; and on the latter day, Thomas Osborne 
to that of Deacons. On the 10th of September, at Duanesburgh, the Rev. 
Nathaniel F. Bruce, M. D., Deacon, minister of the church in that place, was 
admitted to the order of Priests ; and Intrepid Morse, and Charles McCabe, to 
that of Deacons. On the 18th inst. in the French Church Du St. Esprit, New 
York, Alexis Peter Proal was admitted to the order of Deacons ; and yesterday, 
at the opening of the Convention, George Upfold, M. D., John Grigg, jun., 
James W. Eastburn, Greorge B. Andrews, of this Diocese ; and Peter G. 
Clark, Origen P. Holcomb, and James Keeler, of the Diocese of Connecticut, 
were admitted to the same order. 

The following persons are candidates for orders : — William Richmond, 
Deodatus Babcock, James P. Cotter, James Bowden, James P. F. Clarke, 
William H. De Lancey, George W. Doane, Moses Burt, G. M. Robinson, and 
Eleazar Williams. GJeorge W. Woodruff, a candidate for orders, has been 
regularly transferred to the Diocese of New Jersey, and Alonzo Potter to 
Pennsylvania. 

The Rev. James Montgomery, from the Diocese of New Jersey, has been 
instituted Rector of Grace Church, in the city of New York, vacated by the 
removal of the Rev. Dr. Bowen to the Diocese of South Carolina; the Rev. 
Henry U. Onderdonk, M. D., Rector of St. John's Church, Canandaigua; the 
Rev. Evan Malbone Johnson, Rector of St. James' Church, Newtown, Long 
Island; and the Rev. Nathaniel F. Bruce, M. D., Rector of Christ Church, 
Duanesburgh, Schenectady county. The Rev. Samuel Johnston, Missionary 
in the western parts of the State, and the Rev. Intrepid Morse, recently 
ordained Deacon, have removed, by letters dismissory, from me, to the State 
of Ohio ; as also, the Rev. Gregory T. Bedell, from Hudson, to Fayetteville, 
North Carolina ; and the Rev. Parker Adams, from Waterf ord and Lansing- 
burgh, to the Diocese of South Carolina. The Rev. Samuel Nicholls Deacon., 
has removed from Fairfield, and resides at present in the Diocese of Connecti- 
cut ; and the Rev. Petrus S. Ten Broeck has removed from Fishkill to the 
Eastern Diocese. 

The following changes have also taken place in this Diocese : — ^The Rev. 
Asahel Davis, Deacon, has removed from New Berlin, Chenango county, and 
resides at present at Geneva, where he has the charge of a school established 
by the Vestry of the Church in that place ; and the church at New Berlin, is 
now under the charge of the Rev. Daniel Nash. The Rev. John M'Vickar 
has been appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy and Rhetoric in Columbia 
College ; and the church at Hyde Park, of which he was the Rector, is at 
present supplied by the Rev. David Brown, Deacon. The Rev. William A. 
Clark, for several years missionary at Manlius, and parts adjacent, has removed 
to Buffalo. The Rev. Amos Pardee, from the Diocese of Massachusetts, act* 
as missionary at Manlius. The Rev. William B. Lacey, the late missionary 
at Oxford, Chenango county, has removed to Albany ; and the church at Ox- 



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ford is now supplied by the Rev. Leveret Bush, Deacon. The Rev. Amos G. 
Baldwin has removed from Utica, and has charge of the congregations at 
Waddington and Ogdensburgh, on the St. Lawrence, and in parts adjacent. 
The Rev. William H. Northrop, Deacon, on account of ill health, has relin- 
quished the charge of the church at Auburn. The Rev. Thomas C. Brownell, 
late Professor in Union College, has been elected an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Samuel Phinney has produced to me the requisite testimonials 
from the Bishop of the Church in Pennsylvania, and has been chosen Rector 
of St. Andrew's Church, Coldenham, Orange county. The Rev. Eli Wheeler 
has resigned the Rectorship of St. John's Church, Johnstown, Montgomery 
county, and been chosen Assistant Minister of St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead, Long Island. The Rev. Thomas Osborne, Deacon, has removed, by 
letters dismissory, to South Carolina. 

The following Missionaries are employed: — The Rev. Daniel Nash, in 
Otsego and Chenango counties ; the Rev. William A. Clark, at Buffalo, Balavia, 
and parts adjacent ; the Rev. Samuel Fuller, Albany and Greene counties ; the 
Rev. James Thompson, Windham, Greene county, and other places in that 
and Delaware county ; the Rev. Stephen Jewett, in Hampton and Granville, 
Washington county; the Rev. Alanson W. Welton, Ontario, and adjacent 
counties ; the Rev. Russel Wheeler, Butternutts and Unadilla, Otsego county, 
and parts adjacent; the Rev Ezekiel G. Gear, Onondaga county, and parts 
adjacent; the Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, Sandy Hill, Washington county, 
tind parts adjacent; the Rev. Charles Seaburj-, Brookhaven, Huntington, and 
Islip, Long Island ; the Rev. Joshua lyi. Rogers, Turin, Lewis county, and 
parts adjacent ; the Rev. George H. Norton, Deacon, Seneca and Ontario coun- 
ties; the Rev. Leveret Bush, Deacon, Oxford, Chenango county, and parts 
adjacent. 

Under a canon of the late General Convention, the Rev. Thomas Y. How, 
late an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, New York, has been suspended 
from the ministry. The canon being in some respects of a doubtful tenor, I 
proceeded in the exercise of discipline, on this occasion, as far as I conceived 
the canon fully authorized. A presentment of this gentleman, containing a 
most serious charge against his moral conduct, has, within a few days, been 
made to me under the canons of the Church in this State. I have often ex- 
pressed an opinion, that if a presentment, containing that charge, should be 
made, it would be incumbent upon me, on conviction, to inflict the sentence 
of degradation from the ministry. I shall, without delay, discharge my duty 
in this business. 

It is a subject of congratulation, that our Church has resumed the labours, 
which for a long period before the revolutionary war, the Society in England, 
for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts, directed to the religious instruc- 
tion of the Indian tribes. Those labours were not wholly unsuccessful ; for 
on my recent visit to the Oneidas, I saw an aged Mohawk, who, firm in the 
faith of the Gospel, and adorning his profession by an .exemplary life, is 



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indebted, under the Divine blessing, for his Christian principles and hopes, to 
the Missionaries of that venerable Society. The exertions more recently made 
for the conversion of the Indian tribes, have not been so succestiul, partly 
because not united with efforts to introduce among them those arts of civiliza- 
tion, without which the Gospel can neither be understood nor valued; but 
principally because religious instruction was conveyed through the imperfect 
medium of interpreters, by those unacquainted with their dispositions and 
habits, and in whom they were not disposed to place the same confidence, as 
in those who are connected with them by the powerful ties of language, of 
manners, and of kindred. The religious instructor of the Oneidas, employed 
by our Church, enjoys all these advantages. Being of Indian extraction, and 
acquainted with their language, dispositions, and customs, and devoting him- 
self unremittingly to their spiritual and temporal welfare, he enjojs their full 
confidence; while the education which he has received, has increased his 
qualifications as their guide in the faith and precepts of the Gospel. Mr 
Eleazar Williams, at the earnest request of the Oneida chiefs, was licensed by 
me about two years since, as their Lay Reader, Catechist, and Schoolmaster. 
Educated in a different communion, he connected himself with our Church 
from conviction, and appears warmly attached to her doctrines, her apostolic 
ministry, and her worship. Soon after he commenced his labours among the 
Oneidas, the Pagan pau^y solemnly professed the Christian faith. Mr. Wil- 
liams repeatedly explained to them in councils which they held for this pur- 
pose, the evidences of the Divine origin of Christianity, and its doctrines, 
institutions, and precepts. He combated their objections, patiently answered 
their inquiries, and was finally, through the Divine blessing, successful in 
satisfying their doubts. Soon after their conversion, they appropriated, in 
conjunction with the old Christian party, the proceeds of the sale of some of 
their lands to the erection of a handsome edifice for Divine worship, which 
will be shortly completed.* 

In the work of their spiritual instruction, the Book of Common Prayer, a 
principal part of which has been translated for their use, proves a powerful 
auxiliary. Its simple and affecting exhibition of the truths of redemption, is 
calculated to interest their hearts, while it informs their understanding; and 
its decent and significant rites, contribute to fix their attention in the exercises 
of worship. They are particularly gratified with having parts assigned them 
in the service, and repeat the responses with great propriety, and devotion. 
On my visit to them, several hundred assembled for worship ; those who could 
read were furnished with books ; and they uttered the confessions of the 
Liturgy, responded its supplications, and chanted its hymns of praise, with a 
reverence and fer\'our, which powerfully interested the feelings of those who 
witnessed the solemnity. They listened to my address to the m, interpreted by 
Mr. Williams, with so much solicitous attention; they received the laying on 
of hands with such grateful humility ; and participated of the symbols of their 

* See Appendix for an interesting Address from the Chiefs of the Oneidas to the 
Bishop. 



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Saviour's love with such tears of penitential devotion, that the impression 
which the scene made on my mind will never be effaced. Nor was this the 
excitement of the moment, or the ebullition of enthusiasm. The eighty-nine 
who were confirmed, had been well instructed by Mr. Williams; and none 
were permitted to approach the Communion, whose lives did not correspond 
with their Christian professions. The numbers of those who assembled for 
worship, and partook of the ordinances, would have been greater, but from 
the absence of many of them at an Indian council at Buffalo. 

I have admitted Mr. Williams as a candidate for orders, on the recommen- 
dation of the Standing Committee ; and look forward to his increased influence 
and usefulness, should he be invested with the office of the ministry. 

There is a prospect of his having, some time hence, a powerful auxiliary in 
a young Indian, the son of the head warrior of the Onondagas who was 
kUled at the battle of Chippewa, and who, amiable and pious in his dispo-si- 
tions, and sprightly and vigorous in his intellectual povpers, is earnestly desirous 
of receiving an education to prepare him for the ministry among his country- 
men. I trust that means will be devised for accomplishing his wishes. We 
ought never to forget, that the salvation of the Gospel is designed for all the 
human race ; and that the same mercy which applies comfort to our wounded 
consciences, the same grace which purifies and soothes our corrupt and troubled 
hearts, and the same hope of immortaUty which fills us with peace and joy, 
can exert their benign and celestial influence on the humble Indian. 

In my visitation of the Diocese, I found abundant evidence of the zeal and 
fidelity of the Clergy, generally, and particularly of those whose labours as 
missionaries, have been so much blessed in the extension of the kingdom of 
the Redeemer. Nor was I less gratified with the many honourable testimoni- 
als afforded of the solicitude of the Laity of our Church, in the new settlements, 
to enjoy her ministrations, evidenced by their large contributions for the erection 
of churches, and the support of the Clergy. Both these objects, in many places, 
are accomplished, principally by a few individuals. In every instance where 
new churches have been consecrated, the contributions of individuals afforded 
the strongest evidence of their liberality and zeal. 

In reference to the affairs of the Diocese, I ought to mention, with high 
commendation, the pious zeal of the New York Protestant Episcopal Mission- 
ary Society, constituted in aid of the " Committee for Propagating the Gospel," 
charged with the business of missions. But for the meritorious exertions of 
the members of that institution, we should have been unable to have paid the 
low salaries of our missionaries. This Society has contributed for this purpose, 
for the past year, about 800 dollars. 

Eminent good has been done by the Bible and Common Prayer Book Societies. 
The circulation of the Prayer Book among those unacquainted with it, has 
almost invariably tended to soften, if not to remove prejudices, and, in many 
instances, to produce a warm attachment to it. In one place, a well organized 
and respectable Episcopal congregation subsists, where a year since there was 
not an Episcopal family ; and many of the persons who compose it, owe either 



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their first serious impressions, or the confirmation of their pious principles and 
hopes, to the perusal of the Prayer Book with which they had been unac- 
quainted, and which was put into their hands. 

But while my recent visitation of the Diocese afforded me many subjects of 
gratification, emotions of a ditlerent nature were frequently excited. I often 
heard earnest calls for the ministry and worship of our Church, which could 
not be gratified. And I saw fields ripe for the harvest, which were reaped by 
others, from our want of labourers to enter on the work. The indispensable 
importance of a Theological Seminary, and of provisions for missionaries, 
more forcibly than ever impressed my mind. We now lose many young men 
of talents and piety, from our want of the means of aiding them in their prepa- 
ration for the ministry. And even if the number of those who enter the min- 
istry of our Church, were not, as they are, greatly inadequate to supply all the 
situations where their labours might be profitably exerted, a Theological 
Institution would be necessary, as the best and the only effectual means of 
furnishing our candidates for orders, with those acquirements which will enable 
them forcibly, eloquently, and successfully to explain, defend, and inculcate 
the truths of religion. Prosperous in many respects, as is our Church in this 
Diocese, her prosperity would have been tenfold greater, if we had enjoyed 
adequate means of theological education, and of Missionary support. To these 
objects then, my brethren of the Clergy and Laity, let me direct your zealous 
efforts, and beseech you unceasmgly to direct the efforts of all over whom you 
may have any influence. Your Church n^eds all your affection, all your zeal, 
and all your pecuniary means; and she deserves them all. In promoting the 
extension of this pure branch of the Church of the Redeemer, you will best 
advance the glory of God in the salvation of men ; and faithful to the lessona 
of evangelical truth which our Church inculcates, you will save your own 
souls, while you contribute your part in the most exalted work of benevolence, 
the salvation ol the souls of your fellow-men.* 

JOHN HENRY HOBART. 
New York, October 21, 1818. 

The Clergy who were absent from the last Convention, were 
called on for the reasons of their absence, which were severally 
accepted. 



The Bishop, from " the Committee of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church for Propagating the Gospel in the State of New York," 
presented from the missionaries! the following Report : 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary at Rensselaerville, and 
parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

* In this Address, the names of John V. E. Thome, Frederick T. Tiffany, and 
William B. Thomis, should be maerted among the candidates for orders, 
t For the list of missionaries, see the Address of the Bishop — p 416, 



420 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1818. 

The last year has been devoted principally to Rensselaerville 
and Durham. 

In the month of January, however, I visited the Episcopal 
congregation at New Berlin, Chenango county, and performed 
Divine service, and preached one evening and one Sunday. 

I then proceeded to Lenox, Madison county, and officiated to 
the Episcopal congregation in that place one evening and one 
Sunday, and administered the Holy Communion to 24 persons. 
This society consists of about 15 or 16 families of well informed 
and correct Episcopalians. In the service, they responded with 
great propriety, their singing was good, and they exhibited every 
appearance of rational and fervent devotion. 

In returning from Lenox, I officiated one evening to a congre- 
gation of Presbyterian people in the village of Peterborough, in 
compliance with the polite invitation of their clergyman. 

In the month of June I performed Divine service and preached 
in the Church at Milton, Saratoga county, and administered the 
Communion to 40 persons. About 15 of these were Presbyterian 
people, who united with the Church in commemorating the d3dng 
love of our common Lord. 

In the month of July I officiated one Sunday and one other day, 
in a part of Middleburgh, Schoharie county. 

In August I officiated one Sunday at Cairo, Greene county. 

In October I spent one Sunday at Duanesburgh, Schenectady 
county, at the institution of the Rev. Dr. Bruce, and preached one 
part of the day. 

I have also preached at two funerals at Greeneville, Greene 
county. 

Baptisms, Rensselaerville, 4 children. 

Collections for the Missionary Fund. — Rensselaerville, $4 34; 
Durham, $2 20— $6 54. 

Collections for the Bishop's Fund. — Rensselaerville, 3 06. 

The Rev. Stephen Jewett, Missionary at Hampton, Granville, 
and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

During about three months of the past year, it has pleased 
Almighty God to suspend ray labours by sickness. At this time 
I am visited with a return of the same complaint (a general 
debility) with which I was afflicted last fall. But I am happy in 
being able to say, the present attack is not so severe as the former 
one. I have not been able this year, as formerly, to do much out 
of the parishes of Hampton and Granville. Affairs in these two 
parishes still wear a promising aspect. 

During the past year there have been, — baptisms, adults 2, 
infants 11 — 13; marriages, 3; burials, 6; added to the commu- 
nion, 8 ; diminution, by removal, 2. 



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I 

Had I been able to have officiated two Sundays past, there 
were to have been baptised two adults, and three families of chil- 
dren, which would about double the number of baptisms. 

The Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, Missionary at Canandaigua, 
and parts adjacent, begs leave respectfully to report to the Bishop 
his proceedings from the last report, up to February 5th, 1818, 
on which day he closed his missionary duties, and took charge of 
the church at Canandaigua as its rector. 

Besides holding services in the village of Canandaigua regularly 
on Sundays, and occasionally on week days, he attended, on nearly 
every Sunday, a third service in the west part of the town. He 
also officiated at Waterloo, on Sundays twice ; at Pittsford, on 
Sunday once, and once on a week day ; at Victor, on Sunday 
once ; and at Geneva, one Sunday, in exchange with the Rev. 
0. Clark. 

On the 5th of February, 18 IS, a congregation was organized 
by the name of"Zion Church, Pittsford ;" the prospects of which 
are favourable. This congregation, and that at Rochesterville, 
are eligibly situated to make one cure ; and although both in 
infancy, they conjointly offer a competent maintenance to a cler- 
gyman. 

St. Luke's, Genesee Falls, {Rochesterville.) Baptisim, 1 ; 
marriage, 1 ; funeral, 1. 

Victor. Baptism, 1. 

The Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, Missionary at Turin, Lewis coimty, 
and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

In the pleasing prospect of raising up a congregation at Turin, 
I have, during the last year, absented myself from it but eight 
Sundays, having, in the summer season, frequently performed a 
third service in the neighbouring towns. 

I am happy to state that my labours here have been so far 
crowned with success, as to effect the building of a church, which, 
on the 16th of August, was consecrated, by the Right Rev. Bishop 
Hobart, to the service of Almighty God. And I have the satis- 
faction of seeing a respectable congregation assemble, where, not 
two years since, only two Episcopal families resided. 

From entire ignorance of our worship, warm prejudices existed 
against it, but these are fast wearing away. 

It may be truly observed, that St. Paul's Church, at Turin, has 
been erected under very peculiar disadvantages, and has thus far 
enjoyed, in an eminent degree, the blessing of God ; which, toge- 
ther with the excellence of our Liturgy, we have reason to hope, 
will promote the general establishment of Episcopacy. 



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Communicants, in 1817, 16, added since 3 — 19; funeral, 1; 
marriage, 3 ; baptisms, 14. 

The Rev. James Thompson, Missionary in Greene and Dela- 
ware counties, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

Since the last Convention, I have officiated one-half of the time 
at Greeneville, the other half at Windham and Lexington, except 
four Sundays at Cairo, and one at Humphrey ville ; have frequently 
preached three times on Sundays, and lectured on week days ; 
have attended two funerals, baptised nine children, and married 
two couple. Five have been added to the communion at "Wind- 
ham; the congregation is increasing, and zealous in religion. 
The Bible and Common Prayer Book Society supply all who 
want books. The building of the new church at Windham has 
been the means of increasing the number of attendants on worship 
nearly one-half The corner stone of the church was laid about 
the 18th of June, 18 17. It was finished in a handsome style by 
the 8th of December following; and was consecrated on the 
26th of June last. I preached the Missionary and Episcopal 
sermons. 

The Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, Deacon, Missionary in Wash- 
ington county, and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop as fol- 
lows: 

The occurrences of my mission for the year past have not been 
of any considerable importance. My residence has been at Sandy 
Hill, and my time has been principally spent there. I have visited 
and preached at Caldwell, Whitehall, Glen's Falls, and Fort Ed- 
ward. At the two former places, I have administered the sacra- 
ment of Baptism. The illness of the Rev. Mr. Jewett, occasioned 
my officiating for him two Sundays in the churches of Hampton 
and Granville. In discharging the duties belonging to my office 
and appointment, as Minister and Missionary, I have found it 
expedient to preach frequently in the evening. In Sandy Hill 
the sacrament of Baptism has been administered to two infants. 
I have celebrated three marriages, and buried four persons in that 
vicinity. A change has taken place in regard to the communicants 
at Sandy Hill : some have removed, and others have been added. 
The present number is about forty. It is gratifying to observe 
that this communion is most generally enlarged by several of 
other denominations, who appear to participate with much charity 
and brotherly kindness. 

The people at Sandy Hill are still without a house for public 
worship. It is their united and ardent wish to erect a building 
for this purpose, but their means are confined; and without 



1818.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 423 

assistance foreign to their own pecuniary strength, they never can 
expect to attain the object of their desires. It is believed by tKe 
writer of this report, that if a donation was granted to the parish 
of Sandy Hill, to defray the expenses of a church building, the 
interest of religion generally, and of the Protestant Episcopal 
communion particularly, would be very considerably promoted. 

The Rev. Russel Wheeler, officiating Minister and Missionary 
at Butternutts and Unadilla, Otsego county, and parts adjacent, 
reports, that under the good providence of God, he has prosecuted 
the great object of his mission for one year more, and has the 
satisfaction to state, with considerable success to the interests of 
the Church. 

There has been a gradual accession to the congregations under 
his care. Many pious members have been added to the commu- 
nion. If I have done good, he says, in any year of my missionary 
labours, I think it has been the last. In a number of instances I 
have received visits from individuals, who, having lived " w^ithout 
God in the world," or any real knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ, have earnestly sought information in relation to the min- 
istry and w^orship of the Episcopal Church. A growing respect 
for the institutions of the Gospel has been very apparent. The 
friends of Episcopacy, I verily think, have been comforted, anima- 
ted, and strengthened in the goodness of their cause. 

I noticed in my last annual report that I had witnessed a re- 
newed ardour for the interests of the Church within the limits of 
the congregation of Butternutts, I then observed that ample 
provision was made for building a church at that place. It is 
with pleasure that I have announced to the Bishop, that the 
building will be ready for consecration the first Sunday in No- 
vember. 

This church, which is of stone, 67 feet long and 47 feet wide, 
is constructed entirely in the Gothic order, and, I trust, will rank 
with some of the first country churches in this Diocese. 

When communicating this fact, which is very interesting to me, 
I am not insensible to the higher importance which the Convention 
attaches to that spiritual edification which our gracions Lord is 
pleased to promote in the hearts of men. I therefore write with 
confidence, that this congregation is growing in zeal, " in grace, 
and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." 
The assemblies of the people are more full and solemn than 
they were last season. 

Baptisms, 20 ; deaths, 4 ; communicants, about 100. 

The congregation of Unadilla, in which I reside, has received 
a greater share of my attention than the congregation of Butter- 
nutts. In addition to the services of the Lord's day, I have given 



424 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1818. 

this people statedly weekly lectures. I have visited from house 
to house, expostulating with some at their unconcern about the 
salvation of their souls, and animating others with the comforts of 
the pious and devout life, and with the hopes of salvation. 

Baptisms, 10 ; deaths, 6 ; communicants, about 60. 

I have visited Church societies and vacant congregations in the 
counties around me, and have administered the sacraments of 
Baptism and the Lord's Supper to those who are deprived of the 
stated services of the Church. I have preached at Windsor, 
Broome county j at Masonville, Franklin, and Sidney, DelawBre 
county. 

The Rev. Mr. Nash having withdrawn his labours from the 
Church at Cooperstownj in the month of September I visited that 
congregation, and continued there and in its vicinity two days. 

Notwithstanding the deprivations and fatigues which are inse- 
parable from the missionary cause, there is a reward in the 
thought, that blessed are those who with warm affection become 
agents in promoting and advancing the prosperity of the Church, 
and the interests of the Redeemer's kingdom. 

Baptisms in all these places, not including Cooperstown, 12 ; 
communicants, 40. 

The Rev. Charles Seabury, Missionary at Huntington, Islip, 
and Setauket, Suffolk county, reports as follows : 

This mission is in rather a growing situation, especially Islip 
and Huntington. In this last place I have so far succeeded as to 
induce a wish on the part of the people that I would perform Di- 
vine service among them regularly every fourth Sunday, To this 
I have assented. 

Setauket. Baptism, 1 , funerals, 2 ; marriages, 5. Islip< 
Baptisms, 3 ; marriages, 2. Huntington. Baptism, 1. 

Collection for Missionary Fund, at Setauket, $4 50o 

The Rev. Alanson W. Welton, Missionary in Ontario and the 
adjacent counties, writes to the Bishop as follows : 

Since the date of my last report I have spent 22 Sundays in 
Richmond, 8 in Buffalo, 12 in Avon, 6 in Le Roy, 2 in Batavia, 
one in Livonia, and one in Canandaigua, (the Sunday of the Rev. 
Mr. Onderdonk's institution.) Besides these, I have preached 
lectures frequently, and sometimes rode from one to another 
society to perform a third service. The Church increases in num- 
bers and piety, in most of the places which have fallen under my 
missionary charge. What we have to regret most is, that the 
funds of the Church are not more ample, in order that a greater 
number of labourers might be employed in this part of the vine- 



18 18. J OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 425 

yard of our Lord. Many friends of the Church are settled at so 
great a distance from any society, that they have not the means 
of enjoying her ordinances. Many also are the places where 
churches might be organized, had we missionaries to supply them. 
Until we have more missionaries, it will doubtless be inexpedient 
to organize many more churches. With the merciful assistance 
of God, we trust our number will be increased. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Missionary in Otsego county, &c., 
reports to the Bishop as follows ; 

I have visited and preached in different places in Otsego count^', 
and in the counties of Chenango and Oneida. Wherever I have 
officiated, I have been received with affection. A decent if not a 
deep attention has been paid to the word spoken ; in particular at 
New Berlin, where a number have been added to the communion. 
I look forward for a further increase in that place. I trust, 
thrQugh the blessing of God, there may be a plentiful harvest. 
The congregation appear devout and solemn. In the midst of 
such worshippers, a pious person must feel that the service of the 
Church is evangelical — that is a pure strain of devotion — that it 
indeed elevates the soul to heaven — and that they are all with one 
accord joining the Church triumphant in celebrating the praises 
of Jehovah. 

Baptisms — At Verona, nine, 2 adults and 7 children. At New 
Berlin and its vicinity, ten, 2 adults and 8 children. At St. John's, 
and its vicinity, twenty-one, 6 adults and 15 children. At Coopers- 
town and its vicinity, twenty-nine, 2 adults and 27 children. Among 
the Oneida Indians, thirty-one, 3 adults and 28 children. In all, 100. 

I have attended 10 marriages and 6 funerals. 

Eighteen have been added to the communion. 

I shall expect for the future to confine ray labours principally 
to New Berlin, St. John's, Otsego, and Verona, in the county of 
Oneida, and other places w^here a door shall be opened for use- 
fulness. 

The Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, Deacon, Missionary in Onondaga 
county, and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

During the last year I have performed Divine service 9 Sun- 
days at Tully ; 2 Sundays at Lenox; 5 Sundays at Manlius, since 
the Rev. Mr. Clark's removal from that place; 2 Sundays at 
Auburn, in exchange with the Rev. Mr. Northrop. The rest of 
my time has been confined to Onondaga, in consideration of the 
people of that congregation having built a house for Divine wor- 
ship. Since the administration of Confirmation at Onondaga, 
there has been a large addition to the communion. I am happy 



426 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1818. 

to State, that all the congregations which I have visited are in- 
creasing in numbers, piety, and zeal. But as it was in the days 
of our Saviour, the field is extensive, " the , harvest is great, but 
the labourers are few." Besides performing Divine service every 
Sunday, I have preached many lectures on week days, in various 
places. I have been twice at Eaton, and should have visited there 
oftener, were not the distance so great. 

Baptisms, infants and children, 35 ; adults, 7 ; marriages, 4 ; 
funerals, 3. 

I cannot close this report without mentioning, that great praise 
is due to the people of Onondaga for their exertions and pious 
liberality in building a neat and commodious little church. 

The Rev. George H. Norton, Deacon, Missionary in Ontario 
and Seneca counties, writes to the Bishop as follows : 

During the year past, I have officiated at Rochester, Pittsfojd, 
Sodus Bay, Vienna, Waterloo, and Auburn. Since the month of 
May, my time has been pretty much divided between Vienna and 
Waterloo. The former place is a flourishing little village, situated 
about four miles east of the Clifton Springs. At the solicitation 
of several Episcopal families, who reside there and in its vicinity, 
the services of our Church have been introduced amongst them, 
and there is now a favourable opportunity of raising up a respect- 
able congregation. In effecting this object, our friends at the 
Springs are disposed to unite, which, I doubt not, will be of con- 
siderable benefit to their little society, as it has for some time past 
been in a very languishing state, for the want of the regular minis- 
trations of a clergyman. The inhabitants of Vienna seem very 
generally inclined to adopt the Episcopal mode of worship, and 
for the purpose of preserving it in their village, have been making 
some exertion, and will probably succeed, in employing a minister 
for one-half of his time. 

At Waterloo an Episcopal church was formed nearly a year 
ago ; and though attempts have been made to impede its progress, 
I am happy to state that there is now every probability of its 
flourishing. It is at present composed of about twenty famihes^ 
and besides these, there are many who attend very constantly 
upon our services. Throughout the congregation there prevails 
a more than ordinary attention to the subject of religion, and 
several have manifested a wish to come forward to Baptism and 
the Lord's Supper. Both of these ordinances will shortly be ad- 
ministered in this place. A liberal distribution of the Book of 
Common Prayer has been attended with a very good effect, which 
is discoverable not only in the general use which is made of it in 
the time of Divine service, but also in the strong attachment 



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expressed for it by many individuals, who are able to date the 
commencement of their serious concern for their souls, from their 
first acquaintance with this truly valuable little volume. 

Something has been done by our friends in this village for the 
sudport of the Gospel. They have raised a sufficient sum to secure 
to them the services of a clergyman for half the ensuing year. 
In another season it is to be hoped still more will be effected ; 
and should the times be more favourable, the period, I trust, is not 
very distant, when they will be enabled to erect a house for public 
worship. 

The Rev. Leverett Bush, Deacon, Missionary in Chenango 
county, and parts adjacent, reports to the Bishop as follows : 

I visited the congregation of St. Paul's Church, Oxford, on the 
14th of July, and have since that time preached regularly on 
Sundays, to an attentive and apparently devout auditory. Owing 
to the little time that I have had the charge of this congregation, 
I cannot speak confidently of their state ; but many, I have reason 
to believe, have a strong attachment to the doctrine and worship 
of the Church, and cherish a lively sensibility to their spiritual 
interest. 

During my residence here, I have performed Divine service 
once in Binghampton, and also in the villages of Greene and Lysle, 
In St. Paul's Church, Oxford, the number of communicants is 39, 
considerably diminished by removals. 

Baptism, 1 ; burials, 2. 



Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, the 
Clergy rendered the following Parochial Reports : 

St. Peter^s Church, Albany ; the Rev. William B. Lacey, 
Minister. — Baptisms, adult 1, infants 19 — 20 ; marriages, 5 ; 
funerals, 11; communicants, 90. 

Since the last Convention, the minister of this church has offi- 
ciated as missionary, twenty-six Sundays in St. Paul's Church, 
Oxford, Chenango county ; one Sunday in Owego, Broome coun- 
ty ; and two in Norwich, Chenango county. He has likewise 
performed Divine service, on week days, in New Berlin, Bing- 
hampton, Ithaca, Hamilton, Eaton, Lysle, and Bainbridge. The 
churches in Chenango county, are, through Divine goodness, in a 
flourishing state. 

St. Peter's Church, Waterville, Delaware county;* the Rev. Da- 
♦ This report was forwarded to the Convention. 



428 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1818. 

vid Huntington, Minister. — Baptisms, adults 2, infants 13 — 15 ; 
marriage, 1 ; burials, 4 ; communicants, 30. 

Since the first Sunday in January last, the service of the Church 
has, at stated periods, been performed in the court-house at Delhi ; 
and the Holy Communion has lately been celebrated there. A 
numerous congregation is usually present at the worship ; and 
gentlemen of the highest respectability, and most extensive influ- 
ence of any in the county, although hitherto not connected with 
the Church, have discovered a willingness to patronize and support 
it in that place. 

St. James' Church, Hyde Park, Dutchess county ; the Rev. 
David Brown, Deacon, Minister. — Baptisms, 6 ; marriage, 1 ; 
communicants, 70. 

Christ Church, Poughkecpsie, Dutchess county ;* the Rev. John 
Reed, Rector. — Baptisms, 27; marriages, 7; families, about 
100 ; communicants, 120. 

St. Paul's Church, Redhook, Dutchess county; the Rev. Henry 
Anthon, Deacon, Minister. — Baptisms, 13 ; funerals, 2 ; commu- 
nicants, added 7, removed 4, — present number, 28. 

The corner stone of the church was laid at Redhook in July 
last. The building is now enclosed, and it is hoped, will be ready 
for consecration early in June next. In compliance with the 
wishes of his vestry, and of certain inhabitants of the township of 
North East, the Minister of St. Paul's has officiated, since last 
May, nearly one-half of his time near the village of Pine Plams, 
in that township. 

Baptisms at the Plains, 3 ; funeral, 1. 

Trinity Church, Athens, and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, 
Greene county ; the Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector. — Baptisms, 
about 80 ; marriages, 14 ; communicants, 84 ; funerals, about 
18. 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, King's county ; the Rev. Hugh 
Smith, Deacon, Minister. — Baptisms, 16 ; marriages, 18 ; fune- 
rals, 20; communicants, died and removed 9, added 11,— present 
number 137. 

St. John's Church, Johnstown, Montgomery county ; (a vacant 
parish.f ) — This church remains about the same as reported last 
year, except the vacancy occasioned by the removal of the Rev. 

* This report was forwarded to the Convention. 

t This report was rendered by the Wardens and Vestry of the Farish. 



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Eli Wheeler. Every exertion has been made to fill that vacancy ; 
and it is confidently hoped, that, through the assistance of Divine 
providence, the endeavours to that effect will soon be crowned 
with success. 

Christ Church, JVew York ; the Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector. — 
Marriages, 30 ; communicants, about 300. 

French Church Du St. Esprit, JVew York ; the Rev. Henri L. 
P. F. Peneveyre, Rector. — Baptisms, infants, 4 ; marriages, 6 ; 
communicants, 20. 

The services of the Church are here celebrated in the French 
language. 

Grace Church, JVew York ; the Rev. James Montgomery, 
Rector. — Since April 1, 1818, when the present rector took 
charge of this parish, there have been, — baptisms, infants, 16 ; 
marriages, 3 ; communicants, the same as last reported viz., 
about 170 ; burials — none registered ; there being no burial 
ground attached or belonging to this church. 

St. George's Church, JVew York ;* the Rev. James Milnor, 
Rector. — Baptisms, 72 ; marriages, 26 ; communicants, added 74, 
died 9, removed 8, — present number, 300. 

St. James* Church, JVew York ; the Rev. Samuel F, Jarvis, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 2, infants 2 — 4 ; marriage, 1 ; burials, 
none — there being no cemetery connected with this church. 
Communicants, not included in the reports of other parishes, nearly 
the same as last year, three having been since added, and two 
removed. 

St. J[Iark's Church, JVew York ; the Rev. William Creighton, 
Rector. — Baptisms, 16 ; marriages, 6 j communicants, about 
100; burials, 21. 

St. JWichaePs Church, JVew York ; the Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, 
Minister. — Baptisms, adults 2, infants 17 — 19; marriages, 3; 
burials, 7 ; communicants, (not included in other parochial re- 
ports,) 27. 

Since the last report, the person suspended from the commu- 
nion has been restored; 4 have died, 7 removed, and 9 been 
added. 

The parish school connected with this church has been in opera- 
tion one year and a half. The average number of children 

* This report was forwarded in a letter to the Bishop, stating that unavoidable 
abeence from the city prevented the attendance of the rector at the Convention. 



430 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1818. 

taught during the year ending the first of May last, was 38 per 
quarter. 

St. Stephen's Church, JYew York ; the Rev. Henry J. Feltus, 
Rector. — Baptisms, 124 ; marriages, 46 j communicants, 400. 

Trinity Church, with St. PauVs, and St. John's Chapels, JVew 
York; the Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Rector. — Bap- 
tisms, adults 6, children 191 — 197; marriages, 35; burials, 678; 
communicants, between 7 and 800. 

St. JohrCs Church, Canandaigua, Ontario county ; the Rev. 
Henry U. Onderdonk, Rector. — Baptisms, adults 6, infants 20 — 
26 ; marriages, 4 ; funerals, 5 ; communicants, added 25, died 2, 
removed 5, — present number 42. 

1000 tracts have been printed from the commimion fund ; and 
600 sermons on forms of prayer, and 400 tracts, from individual 
contributions. 

The rector of this church has officiated at Waterloo, Seneca 
county, twice on Sundays ; at Utica, Oneida county, once on a 
week day ; at Rochesterville, Ontario county, once on a week 
day. 

Trinity Church, Geneva, Ontario county;* the Rev. Orin Clark, 
Rector. — Baptisms, adults 6, infants 11 — 17 ; marriages, 6 ; 
funerals, 7; communicants (9 added,) 50. 

St. Andrew'' s Church, Coldenham, Orange county;* the Rev. 
Samuel Phinney, Minister. — The present minister of St. Andrew's 
commenced his labours in that parish on the 28th of June last, 
since which time there have been, — baptisms, adult 1, children 
6 — 7 ; marriages, 2 ; communicants, 40. 

The zeal manifested in attending public worship, and joining 
in the service, is such as to be highly gratifying to the friends of 
religion. A society has been formed in this parish, denominated 
the Female Bible and Common Prayer Book Society of St. An- 
drew's Church, Orange county. 

St. James' Church, Goshen, Orange county ; the Rev. Richard 
F. Cadle, Deacon, Minister. — Baptisms, adult 1, children 11 — 
12 ; communicants, 20 ; burials, 7. 

The minister of this church officiated in St. Andrew's Church, 
Coldenham, previously to the settlement of the Rev. Mr. Phinney 
there, one Sunday, baptised one infant, and married a couple. He 

* This report was forwarded to the Conveution. 



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has also officiated two Sundays in Monticello, Sullivan county, 
where he baptised three children. 

St. George's Churchy JVewhurgh, Orange county ; the Rev. 
John Brown, Rector. — Baptisms, adult 1, children 13 — 14 ; fami- 
lies, 45; communicants, added 14, died and removed 6, — 
present number, 44 ; burials, 8. 

This congregation, by much labour and exertion, have nearly 
completed an edifice for public worship. It will be ready for 
consecration early next summer. 

A small congregation was organized last April, in the township 
of New Windsor, by the name of St. Thomas' Church. Though 
small at present, it promises to be respectable. 

St. George's Churchy Flushing, Queen's county ; the Rev. 
Barzillai Bulkley, Rector. — Baptisms, 32 ; marriages, 11; com- 
municants, 50 ; burials, 5. 

St. George's Church, Hempstead, with Christ Chapel, J^orth 
Hempstead, Queen's county ; the Rev. Seth Hart, Rector. — Bap- 
tisms, adults 6, children 31 — 37; marriages, 33; communicants, 
130; burials, 17. 

Grace Church, Jamaica, Queen's county ; the Rev. Gilbert H. 
Sayres, Minister. — Baptisms, adults 2, infants 11 — 13; marriages, 
3 ; communicants, about 49. 

St. James' Church, JVewtovm, Queen's county ; the Rev. Evan 
M. Johnson, Rector. — Baptisms, adult 1, children 14 — 15 ; mar- 
riages, 4 ; communicants, 60 ; deaths, 4. 

Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer county, and Grace 
Church, Waterford, Saratoga county ; the Rev. Parker Adams, 
late Rector. — Baptisms, 17 ; marriages, 7 ; communicants, 45 ; 
funerals, 4. 

St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer county ; the Rev. David 
Butler, Rector. — Baptisms, adults 7, infants 28 — 35 ; marriages, 
5; communicants, died 5, removed 11, — ^present number, 125. 

St. Andrew's Church, with Trinity Chapel, Staten Island; 
the Rev. David Moore, Rector. — Baptisms, 51; marriages, 13; 
families, 400 ; conmiunicants, 270 ; funerals, 25. 

Christ^ Church, Ballston Spa, Saratoga county ;* the Rev. 

* This report was forwarded to the Convention. 



432 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1818- 

Joseph Perry, Rector. — Baptisms, 56 ; marriages, 17 -, communi- 
cants, 40 ; funerals, 1 1. 

Since the last report, an union has taken place between the 
old parish in Ballston and the one in Ballston Spa. The former 
have very generously given their bell and organ, and the materials 
of their church, and all its appurtenances. With this aid, and 
the liberal subscriptions of Episcopahans, a very neat and com- 
modious church has been erected at Ballston Spa. It was conse- 
crated in August last. The rector (whose whole attention, for 
the year past, has been devoted to this parish,) is happy in being 
able to state that the church has been unusually well attended, 
and that an attachment to our principles and worship has very 
considerably increased. 

Christ Church, Duaneshurgh, Schenectady county ;* the Rev. 
Nathaniel F. Bruce, M. D., Rector. — Baptisms, 4 ; marriages, 2 ; 
communicants, added 8, died 1, removed 1, — present number, 22. 

It is with great satisfaction the rector observes a gradually in- 
creasing reverence of deportment in this congregation ; a more 
devout and general attendance on the solemnity of public worship; 
and a growing regard for the ordinances. 

Agreeably to the appointment of the Bishop, the rector of this 
church has performed Divine service and preached in the church 
at Charlton, Saratoga county. 

St. George's Church, Schenectady ; the Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, 
Rector. — Baptisms, 36 ; marriages, 24 ; burials, 6 ; communi- 
cants, removed 20, died 1, admitted 3, — present number, 58. 

In compliance with the appointment of the Bishop, the rector 
of this church has performed Divine service and preached du- 
ring the past year, one Sunday in the church at Charlton, and 
one at Milton, in Saratoga county. 

St. Lawrence county ;* the Rev. Amos G. Baldwin, officiating 
Minister.-^-The minister at present officiating in this county resigned 
the rectorship of Trinity Church, Utica, Oneida county, in-mediately 
after last Whitsunday. About fifteen persons had been added to 
the communion in that church, since his last report. He came 
into St. Lawrence county the beginning of June, and found exten- 
sive fields for labour. Provision was immediately made for his 
support in Waddington and Ogdensburgh, In Russell, there was 
expressed a most gratifying sohcitude for his services. On Sun- 
days, he has officiated alternately at Waddington and Ogdensburgh, 
except one, on which he visited Russell, and one spent abroad- 

• This report was forwarded to the Convention. 



1818.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 433 

He has also officiated on week days in Russell, Canton, Dekalb, 
Pierpont, Parishville, Hopkinton, Potsdam, Louisville, Columbus, 
in the township of Madrid, Lisbon, Morrilltown, Black Lake, and 
a few other places ; in some of them, several times. 

St. PaitVs Church, Waddington. This church was duly organ- 
ized on the 9th inst. Baptisms, adult 1, children 4 — 5 j commu- 
nicants, (3 admitted,) 7. 

Ogdenshurgh. Communicants, (8 admitted,) 15. 

Russzll and its vicinity. Baptisms, adults 5, children and 
infants 32 — 37; communicants, (20 admitted,) 21. 

Russell is regularly visited, and the prospects of the Church 
there are encouraging. 

St. Paul's Church, East Chester, West Chester county ; the 
Rev. Ravaud Kearny, Minister. — Baptisms, adults 15, children 
27 — 42; marriage, 1; burials, 9 ; communicants, added 21, died 
3, removed 5, — present number, 61. 

The minister of this church has, agreeably to appointment, 
performed Divine service at Bedford and Northcastle, and fre- 
quently at White Plains, and in its vicinity. 

Trinity Church, JVew Rochelle, West Chester county ; the Rev. 
Theodosius Bartow, Rector. — Baptisms, infants, 6 ; marriages, 4; 
communicants, 20 ; funerals, 3. 

Christ Church, Rye, West Chester county ; the Rev. Samuel 
Haskell, Rector. — Baptisms, 13 ; marriages, 8 ; communicants, 
between 50 and 60 ; burials, 8. 

The rector of this church has, within the past year, officiated at 
Coldenham, Orange county, three times, and baptised there, two 
adults and four children. 

St. Peter'' s Church, West Chester, West Chester county ; the 
Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector. — Baptisms, adults 2, children 
9 — 11 ; marriages, 4 ; communicants, about 30 ; deaths 4. 

St. John's Church, Yonkers, West Chester county ; the Rev. 
William Powell, Minister. — Baptisms, adults 4, children 13 — 17 ; 
marriages, 4 ; funerals, 8 ; communicants, (five having left the 
parish,) 47. 

The church has been lately painted and repaired. It exhibits 
a degree of taste and neatness which will not suffer in comparison 
"with any other church in the county. The congregation is nu- 
merous and attentive; and there is a fair prospect of bavifig 



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[1818. 



several added to the communion in a short time. A school for 
the instruction of people of colour has been some time established, 
and still continues. 



Agreeably to a standing order of the Convention, the Clergy 
rendered, and agreeably to a resolution of the Convention of 1815, 
there is here ptiblishsd an account of collections for the Mission- 
ary and Episcopal Funds. 

MtBsionnry. 
$ CTS 

St. Peter's Church, Albany, . . . . 48 52 

Trinity Church, Rensselaerville, Albany county, . 4 34 

Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, . 8 68 

St. Paul's Church, Redhook, Dutchess county, . 12 00 

St. Paul's Church, Ticonderoga, Essex county, . 

St. Paul's Church, Durham, Greene county, • 2 20 

Trinity Church, Windham, Greene county, . 4 00 

St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, King's county, . 40 00 

Christ Church, New York, . . . . Ill 07 

French Church Du St. Esprit, New York, . . 53 38 

Grace Church, New York, . . . . 192 38 

St. George's Church, New York, . . .126 47 

St. Mark's Church, New York, . . . . 33 65 
St. Michael's and St. James' Churches, New York, 38 57 



Episcopal. 
$ CTS. 



3 06 

7 00 

8 20 

2 70 



St. Stephen's Church, New York, . . . 70 51 
Trinity Church, New York, . . . . 165 40 
St. Paul's Chapel, New York, . . . .11175 
St. John's Chapel, New York, . . . .8162 
Christ Church, Manlius, Onondaga county, . 7 50 

St. John's Church, Canandaigua, Ontario county, 20 20 
Trinity Church, Geneva, Ontario county, . . 3 1 16 
St. James' Church, Goshen, Orange county, . 9 12 
St. George's Church, Newburgh, Orange county, 10 68 
Christ Church, Cooperstown, Otsego county, . 6 00 
St. George's Church, Flushing, Queen's county, . 17 19 
St. George's Church, Hempstead, Queen's county, 8 53 
Christ Chapel, North Hempstead, Queen's county, 17 55 
Grace Church, Jamaica, Queen's county, . . 33 87 

Collected last year, but not then 

reported, . . . . . . . 29 16 

St. James' Church, Newtown, Queen's county, . 32 00 
St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer county, . 42 16 
St. Andrew's Church, Richmond, Richmond county, 12 54 
Christ Church, Duanesburgh, Schenectady county, 5 00 
St. George's Church, Schenectady, . . . 31 04 



23 59 

36 00 

164 45 

96 83 

24 00 
26 21 

102 62 
84 00 
70 68 

10 60 

10 31 

8 57 



7 70 

11 16 
13 79 



16 19 
5 00 
5 00 

12 13 



1818.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 435 



CTS 



Epucop-el. 
tt CT8. 


7 27 

3 50 

10 00 


928 
10 31 



Caroline Church, Setauket, Suffolk county, . 4 50 
Zion Church, Sandy Hill, Washington county, . 
Trinity Church, New Rochelle, West Chester county, 9 80 

Christ Church, Rye, West Chester county, . . 15 00 
St. Peter's Church, West Chester, West Chester 

county, . . . . . . . 22 4 

St. John's Church, Yonkers, West Chester county, 33 33 

The Treasurer of the Convention submitted his report, from 
which it appeared that the increase of the Episcopal Fund, 
during the past year, has been $1,720 15, 'and that its present 
aggregate amount is $17,814 53. 

Resolved, That the Treasurer's report be accepted. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That five Trustees be appointed, to vi'hom the man- 
agement and care of the Fund for the support of the Episcopate 
in this Diocese shall be entrusted ; and that all money belonging 
to the said Fund shall be loaned upon real security, or invested 
in stock of the United States, at their discretion ; and that all 
such securities and investments shall, in future, be taken or made 
in the names of the said Trustees, or the survivors of them, ex- 
pressly in trust, as part of the said Fund ; and that a statement 
of the said Fund, and the securities for the same, shall be exhibited 
at every stated meeting of the Convention, signed by the said 
Trustees, or a majority of them ; and that the said Trustees shall 
hold their offices during the pleasure of the Convention, who 
shall, from time to time, supply all vacancies. 

Resolved, That Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, David I. Greene, 
Joshua Jones, Thomas S. Tovvnsend, and William Johnson, be 
the Trustees for the purposes above specified. 

On motion. 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of this Convention be 
returned to their late Treasurer, Mr. Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, for 
his long and faithful services in that office. 

The Secretary read the following communication : 

To the Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Chiirch 

in tfie State of New York. 
Extracts from the Journal of the Proceedineis of the Bishops, Clergy, and Laity 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the United States of America, in a 
General Convention held in the city of New York, in the month of May, 
1817. 

" House of Bishops, Tuesday, May 27. 
" Resolved, That it is expedient to alter the first article of the 
Constitution of this Church, so far as it fixes the time of the meeting 



436 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1818. 

of the General Convention thereof, by striking out the words — 
' third Tuesday in May, in the year of our Lord 1808, and on 
the third Tuesday in May;' and inserting instead thereof the 
words — -first Tuesday in October, in the year of our Lord 1823, 
and on the first Tuesday in October. 

" Resolved, That in conformity with the 9th article of the Con- 
stitution, the Secretaries of this Convention, after the adjournment 
thereof, make known the proposed alteration to the several 
State Conventions. 

" Attested 

"BENJAMIN T. ONDERDONK, Sec'yr 

" House of Clericax and Lay Deputies, ) 
" Tuesday, May 27th. j 

" A message was received from the House of Bishops, commu- 
nicating a proposed alteration to the first article of the Constitu- 
tion, as far as it fixes the time of the meeting of the General 
Convention; which was read, and concurred in by this House. 
" Attested 

" ASHBEL BALDWIN, Sec% 

" Uou«e of Clerical and Lay Deputies." 

The following gentlemen were elected Delegates to the General 
Convention :* 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., the Rev. David Butler, the 
Rev. Thomas Lyell, the Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk ; the Hon. 
Rufus King, Dr. John Onderdonk, Philip S. Van Rensselaer, Esq., 
Mr. WiUiam Ogden. 

The following gentlemen were elected the Standing Committee 
of this Diocese : 

The Rev. William Harris, D. D., the Rev. Thomas Lyell, the 
Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, the Rev. James Montgomery ; Richard 
Harison, Esq., Gen. Matthew Clarkson, Mr. William Ogden, Col. 
Nicholas Fish. 

The following gentlemen were elected " The Committee of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church for Propagating the Gospel in the 
State of New York," of which the Bishop of the Diocese is ex- 
ojfficio. President : 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, the Rev. Henry J. Feltus, the Rev. 
James Montgomery ; Mr. Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, Dr. John 
Onderdonk, Thomas L. Ogden, Esq. 

* The Rev. Dr. Harris declined a re-election as Delegate to the General Conven- 
tion, stating that the duties of his office in Columbia College would render his 
alttendeince at the Convention impossible. 



18 18. J OF THE DtOCESE OF NEW YORK. 437 

Agreeably to a canon of this Diocese, of 1806, entitled " A 
Canon providing for the supply of vacant parishes,*' the Bishop 
appointed the following clerg;y'men to supply the parishes annexed 
to their names respectively, at such times, during the ensuing 
year, as they may deem most convenient and proper : 

The Rev. Mr. Haskell, the Rev. Mr. Powell, and the Rev. 
Mr. Kearny, the vacant parishes in West Chester county. 

The Rev. Mr. John Brown, the Rev. Mr. I*hmney, and the 
Rev. Mr. Cadle, St. John's Church, Monticello. 

The Rev. Mr. Reed, the Rev. Mr. David Brown, and the Rev. 
Mr. Andrews, the vacant parishes in Dutchess and Putnam coun- 
ties. 

The Rev. Mr. Stebbins, the Rev. Mr. Perry, and the Rev. Mr. 
M'Cabe, the vacant parishes in Saratoga county. 

The Convention adjourned sine die. 

JOHN HENRY HOBART, D. D., 

Bishop of the Diocese of New York, and President of the Convention. 

Attested, 
BENJAMIN T. ONDERDONK, Secretary. 



APPENDIX. 



ADDRESS OF THE CHIEFS 

OF THE ONEIDA NATION OF INDIANS IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, 

To the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart.* 

RIGHT REV. FATHER, 

We salute you in the name of the ever adorable, ever blessed, 
and ever living sovereign Lord of the universe ; we acknowledge 
this great and almighty Being as our Creator, Preserver, and 
constant Benefactor. 

RIGHT REV. rATHER, 

We rejoice that we now, with one heart and mind, would 
express our gratitude and thankfulness to our great and venerable 
father, for the favour which he has bestowed upon this nation, viz., 
in sending Brother Williams among us, to instruct us in the religion 
of the blessed Jesus. W^hen he first came to us, we hailed him 
as our friend, our brother, and our guide in spiritual things ; and 
he shall remain in our hearts and minds as long as he shall teach 
us of the ways of the great Spirit above. 

* See page 417. This Address was written by a young Indian, who is a commu 
nicant of the Church. 



438 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [1818. 

RIGHT REV. FATHER, 

We rejoice to say, that by sendinpj Brother Williams among 
us, a great light has risen upon us : we see now that the Christian 
religion is intended for' the good of the Indians as well as the 
while people ; we see it, and do feel it, that the religion of the 
Gospel will make us happy in this and in the world to come. We 
now profess it outwardly, and we hope, by the grace of God, that 
some of us have embraced it inwardly. May it ever remain in 
our hearts, and we be enabled, by the Spirit of the eternal One, 
to practise the great duties which it points out to us. 

RIGHT REV. FATHER, 

Agreeable to your request we have treated our brother with 
that attention and kindness which you required of us ; we have 
assisted him all that w^as in our power, as to his support : but you 
.know well that we are poor ourselves, and we cannot do a great 
deal. Though our brother has lived very poor since he came 
among us, but he is patient, and makes no complaint : we pity 
him, because we love him as we do ourselves. We wish to do 
something for his support ; but this is impossible for us to do at 
present, as we have lately raised between three and four thousand 
dollars to enable us to build a little chapel. 

RIGHT REV. FATHER, 

We entreat and beseech you not to neglect us. We hope the 
Christian people in New York wmII help us all that is in their 
power. We hope our brother will by no means be withdrawn 
from us. If this should take place, the cause of religion will die 
among us ; immorahty and wickedness will prevail. 

RIGHT REV. FATHER, 

As the head and father of the holy and apostolic Church in this 
State, we entreat you to take a special charge of us. We are 
ignorant, we are poor, and need your assistance. Come, vener- 
able father, and visit your children, and warm their hearts by 
your presence, in the things which belong to their everlasting 
peace. 

May the great Head of the Church, whom you serve, be with 
you, and His blessing ever remain with you. 
We, venerable Father, 

Remain your dutiful children, 

his 

HENDRICK >< SCHUYLER, 

mark, 
fail 

SILAS X ANONSENTE, 

mark. 

liig 

WILLIAM X TEHOIATATE, 

mark. 



1818.] OP THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 439 



Oneida, Jan. 19, 1818. 



DANIEL X PETERS, 

mark. 

NICHOLAS X GARAGONTIE, 

mark, 
his 

WILLIAM X SONAWENHESE, 

mark. 
hU 

MOSES X SCHUYLER, 

mark. 

HESTAHEL X PETERS, 

mark. 

WILLIAM X SCHUYLER, 

mark, 
his 

ABRAHAM x SCHUYLER, 

(nark, 
his 

STOFLE X SCHUYLER, 

mark. 

his 

HENDRICK X SCHUYLER, jun., 

mark, 
his 

WILLIAM X TEWAGERATE. 

maz'x. 



THE BISHOP'S ANSWER. 

MY CHILDREN,* 

I have received your letter by your brother and teacher, Eleazar 
Williams, and return your affectionate and Christian salutation, 
praying that grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and 
from our Lord Jesus Christ, may be with you. 

MY CHILDREN, 

I rejoice to hear of your faith in the one living and true God, 
and in His Son Jesus Christ, whom He has sent, whom to know 
is life eternal ; and I pray that, by the Holy Spirit of God, you 
may be kept steadfast in this faith, and may walk worthy of Him 
who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light. 

MY CHILDREN, 

It is true, as you say, that the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour 
Jesus Christ is intended for Indians as well as white people. 

♦ This is the appellation with which the ladians expect to be addressed by the 
Bishop. 



440 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [18 18. 

For the great Father of all hath made of one blood all the nations 
of the earth ; and hath sent his Son Jesus Christ to teach them 
all, and to die for them all, that they may be redeemed from the 
power or sin, and brought to the acknowledgment of the truth, 
and to the service of the living God. 

Mr CHILDREN, 

It is true, as you say, that the religion of the Gospel will make 
you happy in this world, as well as in the world to come ; and I 
join in your prayer, that you may profess it inwardly as well as 
outwardly ; that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may be 
transformed by the renewing of your minds, and acquire the holy 
tempers, and practise the holy duties which the Gospel enjoins. 
And for this purpose, I beseech you to attend to the instructions 
of your faithful teacher and brother, Eleazar Williams ; to unite 
with him in the holy prayers of our apostolic Church, w^hich he 
has translated into your own language ; to listen with reverence 
to the Divine word which he reads to you ; to receive, as through 
grace you may be qualified, and may have an opportunity, the 
sacraments and ordinances of the Church ; and at all times, and 
in all places, to lift up your hearts in supplication to the Father 
of your spirits, who always and everywhere hears and sees you, 
for pardon and grace, to comfort, to teach, and to sanctify you, 
through your Divine Mediator, Jesus Christ. 

MY CHILDREN, 

Let me exhort you diligently to labour to get your living by 
cultivating the earth, or by some other lawful calling : you w4D 
thus promote your worldly comfort, you will be more respected 
among your white brethren, and more united and strong among 
yourselves. And when you are thus engaged, you will be saved 
from many temptations ; and you will prove yourselves to be 
good disciples of Him who, by His inspired apostle, has enjoined, 
that while we are " fervent in spirit" we be " not slothful in busi- 
ness." 

MY CHrLDREN, 

Continue to respect and love your brother and teacher, Eleazar 
Williams, and to treat him kindly ; for he loves you, and is desi- 
rous to devote himself to your service, that, by God's grace, he 
may be instrumental in making you happy here and hereafter. 
It is my wish that he may remain with you, and may be your 
spiritual guide and instructor. 

MY CHILDREN, 

I rejoice to hear that your brethren, the Onondagas, are desirous 
of knowing the words of truth and salvation. I hope you will 
not complain if your teacher, Eleazar Williams, sometimes visits 



1818.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 441 

them, to lead them in that way to eternal life, from God's word, 
he has pointed out to you. Freely you have received, you should 
freely give; and being made partakers of the grace of Goo through 
Jesus Christ, you should be desirous that all your red brethren 
may enjoy the same precious gift. 

MY CHILDREN, 

It is my purpose, if the Lord will, to come and see you the 
next summer ; and I hope to find you as good Christians, denying 
ungodliness and worldly lusts, and living righteously, soberly, 
and godly in the world. I shall have you in my heart, and shall 
remember you in my prayers ; for you are part of my charge, of 
that flock from whom the Son of God gave Himself even unto 
the death upon the cross, and whom He commanded His ministers 
to seek and to gather into His fold, that through Him, they might 
be saved for ever. 

MY CHILDREN, 

May God be with you, and bless you. 

JOHN HENRY HOBART, 

Bisbop of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of New Yo»k. 

Dated at New York, the 1st day of Februar)% in the year of our Lord 1818, 
and in the seventh year of my consecration. 



THIRTY-FOURTH CONVENTION. 



JOURIf All 

OF THE 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

ANNUAL CONVENTION 

OF 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH. 

IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK ; 

MELD IN ST. PETER'S CHURCH, IN THE CITY OF ALBANY, 

On Tuesday, Oct. ISth, and Wednesday, Oct. 20th, A. D. 1819. 



HCst of tlje (tUvQs anil 3La» Belesatcs 

WHO COMPOSED THE CONVENTION. 
CLERGY. 

The Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D. D., Bishop of the Dio- 
cese, and Rector of Trinity Church, including St. Paul's and St 
John's Chapels, New York. 

The Rev. Thomas Breintnall, Rector of Zion Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. David Brown, Rector of St. James' Church, Hyde 
Park, Dutchess county. 

The Rev. John Brown, Rector of St. George's Church, New- 
burgh, and St. Thomas' Church, New Windsor, Orange county. 

The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Flushing, Queen's county. 

The Rev. Leveret Bush, Deacon, Missionary at Oxford, Chenan- 
go county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, 
Rensselaer county. 

The Rev. Richard F. Cadle, Deacon, Minister of St. James' 
Church, Goshen, Orange county. 

The Rjev. Orin Clark, Rector of Trinity Church, Geneva, 
Ontario county. 



1819.] JOURNALS OF THE CONTENTIONS, ETC. 443 

The Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary, in Albany and Greene 
counties. 

The Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, Missionary in "Washington 
county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev, David Huntington, Rector of St. John's Church, 
Delhi, Delaware county. 

The Rev. William B. Lacey, Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
Albany. 

The Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York. 

The Rev. Daniel M'Donald, Minister of Trinity Church, and 
Principal of the Academy, Fairfield, Herkimer county. 

The Rev. James Milnor, D. D., Rector of St. George's Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. James Montgomery, Rector of Grace Church, New 
York. 

The Rev. George H. Norton, Missionary in Seneca and Ontario 
counties. 

The Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, an Assistant Minister of 
Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, Rector of St. John's Church, 
Canandaigua, Ontario county. 

The Rev. Henri L. P. F. Peneveyre, Rector of the French 
Church Du St. Esprit, New York. 

The Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, Athens, 
and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, Greene county. 

The Rev. Alexis P. Proal, Deacon, Minister of St. John's 
Church, Johnstown, Montgomery county. 

The Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, 
Dutchess county. 

The Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, Missionary at Turin, Lewis county, 
and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, Rector of Grace Church, Jamaica, 
Queen's county. 

The Rev. James Thompson, Missionary in Greene and Dela- 
ware counties. 

The Rev. George Upfold, M. D., Deacon, Minister of Trinity 
Church, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer county, and Grace Church, 
Waterford, Saratoga county. 

The Rev. Russel Wheeler, Rector of Zion Church, Butternutts, 
and Missionary in other parts of Otsego county. 

LAY DELEGATES. 

Albany county. 

Albany, St. Peter's Church, Philip S. Van Rensselaer, James 
Gourly, George Upfold, sen., William A. Duer, Wm. H. Jephson. 



444 Journals of the conventions [1819- 

Columbia county. 
Hudson, Christ Church, Samuel Borland, James Fleming. 

Dutchess county. 
Hyde Park, St. James' Church, Benjamin Allen. 
Poughkeepsie, Christ Church, William B. Thomas, John John- 
ston. 

Redhook, St. Paul's Church, John W. Wheeler. 

King's county. 
Brooklyn, St* Ann's Church, John H. Moore. 

Montgomery county. 
Johnstown, St. John's Church, Tobias A. Stoutenburgh, Abra- 
ham Morrell. 

The city and county of Kew York. 
St. Esprit, William Bayard, jun. 
St. George's Church, Gerrit H. Van Wagenen. 
St. James' Church, Gerardus Clark, Edmund H. Pendleton. 
St. Mark's Church, Edward Lyde. 
St. Stephen's Church, Teunis Bergh. 
Trinity Church, Richard Harison, Joshua Jones. 
Zion Church, Alexander Fink, John Heath, Gilbert Fowler, 
William Tripler. 

Orange county. 
Goshen, St. James' Church, John Duer. 

Otsego county. 
Butternutts, Zion Church, Jacob Morris. 

Rensselaer county. 
Lansingburgh, Trinity Church, Gerrit Peebles. 
Troy, St. Paul's Church, David Buel, jun., Stephen Warren. 

Saratoga county. 
Ballston Spa, Christ Church, Philip Ten Eyck, Epinetus White. 
Waterford, Grace Church, Guert Van Schoonhoven, William 
Gates. 

Schenectady county. 
Schenectady, St. George's Church, Alonzo Potter. 

West Chester county. 
East Chester, St. Paul's Church, Philemon H. Fowler. 



1819.] OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK. 445 

The following Clergy, not members of the Convention, attende 
its sittings : 

The Rev. Henry Anthon, Minister of St. Paul's Church, ' 
Redhook, Dutchess county. 

The Rev. Nathaniel F. Bruce, M.D., Minister of St. Paul's 
Church, Charlton, Saratoga county. 

The Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Minister of Christ Church, 
Hudson, Columbia county. 

The Rev. Joseph Perry, of Connecticut. 



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The following Clergy, members of the Convention, were not 
present at this session : 

The Rev. William Berrian, an Assistant Minister of Trinity 
Church, New York. 

The Rev. Thomas C. Brownell, D. D., LL. D., an Assistant 
Minister of Trinity Church, New York. 

The Rev. William A. Clark, Missionary at Buffalo, Niagara 
county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. William Creighton, Rector of St. Mark's Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Henry J. Feltus, Rector of St. Stephen's Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Ezekiel G. Gear, Missionary in Onondaga county, 
and counties adjacent. 

The Rev. William Harris, D. D., President of Columbia College, 
New York. 

The Rev. Seth Hart, Rector of St. George's Church, Hemp- 
stead, Queen's county. 

The Rev. Samuel Haskell, Rector of Christ Church, Rye, West 
Chester county. 

The Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, D. D., Rector of St. James' Church, 
New York. 

The Rev. Stephen Jewett, Missionary in Washington county. 

The Rev. Evan M. Johnson, Rector of St. James' Church, 
Newtown, Queen's county. 

The Rev. John M'Vickar, Professor of Rhetoric and Moral 
Philosophy, in Columbia College, New York. 

The Rev. David Moore, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, 
including Trinity Chapel, Staten Island. 

The Rev. Daniel Nash, Missionary in Otsego and Chenango 
counties. 

The Rev. Amos Pardee, Missionary at Manlius, Onondaga 
county, and parts adjacent. 

The Rev. Charles Seabury, Rector of Caroline Church, Setauket, 
and Missionary to Huntington and Islip, Suffolk county. 



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The Rev. Henry M. Shaw, Deacon, Minister of Trinity Church, 
Utica, Oneida county. 

The Rev. Lucius Smith, Deacon, Minister of St. Peter's Church, 
Auburn, Cayuga county. 

The Rev. Alanson W. Welton, Missionary in Ontario, and 
adjacent counties. 

The Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D., Rector of St. Peter's Church, 
West Chester, West Chester county. 

Albany, Tuesday, October 19th, 1819. 

This being the day appointed by the Constitution of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church in the State of Nev^r York, for the 
meeting of the annual Convention of the same, several Clergy and 
Lay Delegates attended, at half-past 10 o'clock a.m., in St. Peter's 
Church, in the city of Albany, which had been appointed by the 
Bishop as the place of meeting. 

Morning Prayer was celebrated by the Rev. Daniel M'Donald, 
Minister of Trinity Church, and Principal of the Academy, Fair- 
field, Herkimer county. 

The Rev. David Butler, in the absence of the Bishop, was 
appointed President pro tern., and the Rev. William B. Lacey, in 
the absence of the Secretary, Secretary pro tern. 

A list of the Clergy entitled to seats being called over, agree- 
ably to the 2d canon of this Diocese of 1803, the following 
answered to their names, and took their seats : 

The Rev. David Brown, Rector of St. James' Church, Hyde 
Park, Dutchess county ; the Rev. David Butler, Rector of St. 
Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer county ; the Rev. Richard F. 
Cadle, Deacon, Minister of St. James' Church, Goshen, Orange 
county ; the Rev. Orin Clark, Rector of Trinity Church, Geneva, 
Ontario county ; the Rev. Samuel Fuller, Missionary in Albany 
and Greene counties; the Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, Missionary 
in Washington county, and parts adjacent ; the Rev. William B. 
Lacey, Rector of St. Peter's Church, Albany ; the Rev. Daniel 
M'Donald, Minister of Trinity Church, and Principal of the 
Academy, Fairfield, Herkimer county ; the Rev. George H. Nor- 
ton, Missionary in Seneca and Ontario counties ; the Rev. Henry 
U. Onderdonk, Rector of St. John's Church, Canandaigua, Ontario 
county ; the Rev. Joseph Prentiss, Rector of Trinity Church, 
Athens, and St. Luke's Church, Cattskill, Greene county ; the 
Rev. Alexis P. Proal, Deacon, Minister of St. John's Church, 



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Johnstown, Montgomery county; the Rev. James Thompson, 
Missionary in Greene and Delaware counties ; the Rev. George 
Upfold, M. D., Deacon, Minister of Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, 
Rensselaer county, and Grace Church, Waterford, Saratoga coun- 
ty ; the Rev. Russel Wheeler, Rector of Zion Church, Butter- 
nutts, and Missionary in other parts of Otsego county. 

The following Lay Delegates presented certificates of their 
respective appomtments, which were approved, and they accord- 
ingly took their seats : 

From St. Peter's Church, Albany, Philip S. Van Rensselaer, 
James Gourly, George Upfold, sen., William A. Duer, William 
H. Jeplison ; from Christ Church, Hudson, Columbia county, 
Samuel Borland, James Fleming 3 from St. James' Church, 
Hyde Park, Dutchess county, Benjamin Allen ; from Christ 
Church, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, William B. Thomas ; 
from St. Paul's Church, Redhook, Dutchess county, John W. 
Wheeler; from St. John's Church, Johnstown, Montgomery 
county, Tobias A. Stoutenburgh, Abraham Morrell ; from St. 
James' Church, Goshen, Orange county, John Duer ; from Zion 
Church, Butternutts, Otsego county, Jacob Morris ; from St. 
Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer county, David Buel, jun. ; from 
Christ Church, Ballston Spa, Saratoga county, Philip Ten Eyck ; 
from Grace Church, Waterford, Saratoga county, Guert Van 
Schoonhoven, WiUiam Gates; from St. Paul's Church, East 
Chester, West Chester county, Philemon H. Fowler. 

The Convention adjourned until to-morrow morning, at half- 
past ten o'clock. 

Wednesday, October 20th. 

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment ; the Right Rev, 
John H. Hobart, D. D., Bishop of the Diocese, being present 

Morning Prayer was celebrated by the Rev. James Milnor, 
D. D., Rector of St. George's Church, New York; and a Charge 
to the Clergy delivered by the Bishop ; who afterwards adminis- 
tered the Holy Communion. 

The following Clergy, members of the Convention, not present 
yesterday, appeared, and took their seats : 

The Rev. John Brown, Rector of St. George's Church, 
Newburgh, and St. Thomas' Church, New Windsor, Orange 
county; The Rev. Barzillai Bulkley, Rector of St. George's 



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Church, Flushing, Queen's county ; the Rev. Leveret Bush, Dea- 
con, Missionary at Oxford, Chenango county, and parts adjacent ; 
the Rev. Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church, New York ; 
the Rev. James Milnor, D. D., Rector of St. George's Church, 
Nev7 York ; the Rev. James Montgomery, Rector of Grace 
Church, New York ; the Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, an Assist- 
ant Minister of Trinity Church, New York ; the Rev. Henri L. 
P. F. Peneveyre, Rector of the French Church Du St. Esprit, 
New York ; the Rev. John Reed, Rector of Christ Church, 
Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county ; the Rev. Joshua M. Rogers, 
Missionary at Turin, Levds county, and parts adjacent ; the Rev. 
Gilbert H. Sayres, Rector of Grace Church, Jamaica, Queen's 
county. 

The following Lay Delegates, having produced testimonials 
of their respective appointments, which were approved, took 
their seats : 

From Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, John 
Johnston ; from St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn, King's county, John 
H. Moore ; from the French Church Du St. Esprit, New York, 
William Bayard, jun. ; from St. George's Church, New York, 
Gerrit H. Van Wagenen ; from St. James' Church, New York, 
Gerardiis Clark, Edmund H. Pendleton ; from St. Mark's Church, 
New York, Edward Lyde; from St. Stephen's Church, New York, 
Teunis Bergh ; from Trinity Church, New York, Richard Harison, 
Joshua Jones ; from Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer 
county, Gerrit Peebles ; from St. Paul's Church, Troy, Rensselaer 
county, Stephen Warren ; from Christ Church, Ballston Spa, 
Saratoga county, Epinetus White; from St. George's Church, 
Schenectady, Schenectady county, Alonzo Potter. 

Certificates were produced, and read, of the incorporation of 
St. Michaels' Church, Geneseo, Ontario county ; Zion Church, 
New York ;* Grace Church, Norway, Herkimer county ; Christ 
Church, North Hempstead, Queen's county ; St. John's Church, 
Delhi, Delaware county ; St. John's Church, Canandaigua, Onta- 
rio county ;f St. Paul's Church, Waterloo, Seneca county; and 
St. Peter's Church, Verona, Oneida county ; and the said churches 
were severally received into union with this Convention. 

Whereupon, the Rev. Thomas Breintnall, having been regularly 
admitted and settled as rector of Zion Church, New York ; and 

• The former corporation of this name having been legally dissolved. 

X Thia parish had been previously received into union v/ith the Convention, and 
i ts rector taken his seat accordingly ; no record, however, of the fact of reception 
appearing on the minutes, the certificate was again produced, with the view of 
having it now made. 



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the Rev. David Huntington, having been regularly adnaitted and 
settled as Rector of St. John's Church, Delhi, Delaware county ; 
took their seats as members of the Convention. 

A certificate was produced, and approved, of the appointment 
of Alexander Fink, John Heath, Gilbert Fowler, and William 
Tripler, as Lay Delegates from Zion Church, New York ; and 
they took their seats accordingly. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That clergymen of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 
who may be in the city of Albany during the session of the Con- 
vention, and are not members thereof, be invited to attend its 
sittings. 

Agreeably to this resolution, the Rev. Henry Anthon, Minister 
of St. Paul's Church, Redhook, Dutchess county; the Rev. 
Nathaniel F. Bruce, M. D., Minister of St. Paul's Church, Charl- 
ton, Saratoga county ; and the Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, Minister 
of Christ Church, Hudson, Columbia county, of this Diocese ; 
and the Rev. Joseph Perry, of Connecticut, took their seats. 

The minutes of the proceedings yesterday were read, and 
approved. 

The Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk was elected Secretary of 
the Convention. 

The Convention adjourned until four o'clock this afternoon. 

Four o'clock, P. M. 

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. 

The Clergy now present, who were absent from the last Con- 
vention, were called on for their excuses, which were severally 
accepted. 

Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, the 
Right Rev. Bishop Hobart delivered the following Address : 

BRETHREN OF THE CLERGY AND LAITY, 

Agreeably to the requisition of the canons I proceed to lay before you the 
following statement of my proceedings since the last Annual Convention. 

On Friday, the 23d of October last, in Trinity Church, in the city of New 
York, I admitted the Rev. Charles W. Hamilton, Missionary, and the Rev. 
David Brovfn, Minister of St. James' Church, Hyde Park, Deaconfi, to tfte 
holy order of Priests. 



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On Sunday, the 15th of November, in St. John's Chapel, New York, John 
Toland, of the Island of St. Martin's ; and James I. Bowden, of the city of 
New York ; were admitted to the holy order of Deacons. The former gentle- 
man, whom, on the 6th of December following, I admitted to the order of 
Priests, returned to the Island of St. Martin's, where, it is believed, he now 
officiates ; and the latter removed to the Diocese of Maryland. 

On Monday, the 16th of November, the church erected on the site of Zion 
Church, which had been consumed by fire, was consecrated by the same name. 
It has been erected principally by the exertions and on the responsibility of a 
very few individuals, who, in this instance, have evidenced a zeal and liber- 
ality for which they deserve high commendation, and which is worthy of 
genera] imitation. 

On Friday, the 20th of the same month, I consecrated the new church 
erected at Binghampton, (Chenango Point) Broome county, by the name of 
Christ Church ; and on the Sunday following, the new church in Butternutts, 
Otsego county, by the name of Zion Church. The former is a neat wooden 
building; and the latter a large and substantial stone edifice, finished in the 
Gothic order of architecture, with much neatness and elegance. The zeal and 
liberality displayed in the erection of both these churches are worthy of much 
commendation. 

In the church at Butternutts, I also admitted the Rev. George H. Norton, 
Missionary, Deacon, to the holy order of Priests. On the 21st of December, 
in Grace Church, New York, JohnV. E. Thorn, and William Richmond, were 
admitted Daacons. Both these gentlemen have since removed, by letters dis- 
missory from me, to the Diocese of Pennsylvania. 

On the 12th of January, 1819, in Trinity Church, New York, Lucius Smith, 
of Connecticut, was admitted to the order of Deacons, and soon after went to 
Auburn, in this State, where he at present officiates. 

On Thursday, the 11th of February, in St. James' Church, Philadelphia, I 
assisted at the consecration of the Rev. Philander Chase, to the holy office of 
Bishop, to act as Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of 
Ohio. This event, which affords the prospect of the extension of the apostohc 
ministry and services of our Church in the western States, where there are so 
many of its members who have long earnestly sought to enjoy them, must be 
gratifying to the Church at large. 

Confirmations have been administered, principally during the season of 
Lent, in the city of New York, in Trinity Church and its Chapels, St. Paul's 
and St. John's; in Christ Church, Grace Church, St. George's Church, St. 
Mark's Church, St. Stephen's Church, and Zion Church. 

The numbers confirmed were as follows : Trinity Church, 55 ; St. Paul's 
Chapel, 95 ; St. John's Chapel, 116. Total in the parish of Trinity Church, 
266. St. George's Church, 145; Christ Church, 86; Grace Church, 50 ; St 
Mark's, 34; St. Stephen's, 130; Zion Church, 78. 

On the 27th of May, the new church erected at Redhook was consecrated 
py the name of St. Paul's Church ; and, at the same time, I admitted its offi- 



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ciating minister, the Rev. Henry Anthon, Deacon, to the order of Priests The 
congregation at Redhook have been recently organized, and have manifested 
much zeal in the erection of their building for worship, and have prospered 
under the assiduous labours of their minister. 

In the month of May, I visited St. George's Church, Flushing, and confirmed 
30 persons ; and in June I visited St. James', Newtown, and confirmed 30 
persons. 

In the month of June, I attended the meeting of the Convention of the 
State of Connecticut, and admitted Joseph M. Gilbert to the order of Deacons. 
At this time, the Rev. Thomas C. Brownell, one of the Assistant Ministers of 
Trinity Church, in the city of New York, was elected to the office of Bishop. 
The ensuing week I expect, with the Bishops of the Church in the Eastern 
Diocese, and in New Jersey, to assist our venerable Presiding Bishop, the 
Bishop of the Church in Pennsylvania, at the consecration of Dr. Brownell, in 
the city of New Haven. After which, my connexion with the Diocese of 
Connecticut, of which I have had the provisional charge for some years past, 
and which, from the uniform attentions which I have there received, and 
particularly from the numerous evidences of the attachment of its Clergy and 
Laity to the distinguishing principles of our apostolic Church, has been a source 
of high gratification to me, will cease ; and I shall resign my temporary charge 
to Dr. Brownell, with every prospect, from his character and talents, of his 
great usefulness. It is due to that Diocese to state, that agreeably to the pro- 
visions of the canon they made the most ample provision for my expenses. 

In a subsequent visit to Connecticut, in the month of August, I consecrated 
St. Matthew's Church, Wilton ; which, in arrangements of the interior partic- 
ularly exhibits great neatness and convenience ; and in St. Peter's Church, 
Plymouth, I admitted the Rev.|RodneyRossetter, Deacon, to the holy order of 
Priests. 

On the 3d of July last, [ consecrated the new church of St. Philip's in 
Collect Street, New York, designed for the use of the coloured people of our 
Church in that city. To its erection they contributed largely in proportion to 
their means, and the trustees were unwearied in their exertions to obtain the 
contributions of others, ahd in their attention to the building while it was 
erecting, in which their own mechanics principally were employed, and which 
they have finished with judgment and taste. I have since officiated in that 
church to a congregation of coloured people, who were remarkably orderly and 
devout in the performance of the service. They statedly assemble there ; and 
their devotions, except when the Clergy occasionally officiate, are conducted hy , 
Peter WilUams, jun., a coloured man, who, for some years, under mydirectionv* 
has acted as a Lay Reader and Catechist among-them ; and who, on the recom- 
mendation of the Standing. Committee, has been recently admitted by me as 
candidate for Orders. Every measure relative to provision for accommodati' 
the coloured people with public worship and religious instruction has b 
pursued and will continue to be pursued, with great caution and delibera^ 
But the prospect that a numerous class of people belonging to our Chi 



452 JOURNALS OF THE CONVENTIONS [18 19. 

who have not hitherto enjoyed in their full extent|the advantages of public vror- 
ship and religious instruction, will be furnished with them under the most advan- 
tageous circumstances, must give pleasure to every pious and benevolent mind. 
On the 18th of July, in Zion Church, in the city of New York, I admitted 
the Rev. Thomas Breintnall, Deacon, from the Diocese of Pennsylvania, the 
officiating minister of that church, to the order of Priests. It gives me pleasure 
to slate, that this congregation, which were considerably dispersed by the 
calamitous event which destroyed their church, have generally returned to 
their new and commodious edifice, and have received an accession of numbers. 
On Sunday, the 29th of August, I visited Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, and 
administered Confirmation to 32 persons; and the next day, at St. James' 
Church, Hyde Park, to 29 persons. 

In the month of September, I visited and preached in the following churches, 
and performed the following Episcopal duties: — On Thursday, the 2d, I conse- 
crated St. Peter's Church, Watei-ville, and administered Confirmation to 44 
persons. This church, though erected some years since, was left in an 
unfinished state, and has been recently completed. The following day, the 
3d, I visited Trinity Church, Rensselaerville, and administered Confirmation to 
seven persons; Sunday, the 5th, St. Peter's Chuich, Albany, and Confirmed 
130 persons; and the next day instituted the Rev. William B. Lacey into the 
Rectorship of that Church; and preached in St. Paul's, Troy; where, on the 
following day, the 7th, I administered Confirmation to 43 persons. On Wednes- 
day morning, the 8th, Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, and preached ; and in the 
afternoon administered Confirmation in the church at Waterford to 9 persons. 
On Thursday the 9th, I visited the church at Stillwater, and administered Con- 
firmation to 3 persons. On Saturday, the 11th, 1 preached to the congregation 
at Sandy Hill, Washington county. On Sunday, the 12th, at Trinity Church, 
Granville, in the same county, and administered Confirmation, to 23 persons. 
And on Monday, the 13th, I preached in Christ Church, Hampton. On the fol- 
lowing day I returned to Sandy Hill and administered Confirmation to 15 persons. 
On Friday, the 17th, I visited St. John's Church, Johnstown, and confirmed 
34 persons; on Sunday, the 19th, Trinity Church, ¥tica, and confirmed 23 
persons; on Monday, the 20th, St. Paul's Church, Paris, and consecrated the 
building recently erected there, and confirmed 79 persons. On Tuesday, the 
2l8t, I performed the interesting solemnities of consecrating, by the name of 
St. Peter's Church, the chapel erected for the use of the Indians, at Oneida 
Castle, and of confirming 56 Indians, who had been prepared for that holy 
ordinance by their instructor, Mr. Eleazar Wdliams. On the following day, 
I visited a recently organized congregation at Smithfield, in the town of Lenox, 
and. administered Confirmation to eight persons ; in the evening of that day I 
preached in Christ Church, Manlius ; Confirmation having been administered 
there the preceding year. On the 23d, I visited the congregation at Tuliy and 
Preble, and confirmed 7 persons; on the 25th, the church at New Berhn, and 
confirmed 19 persons; on Sunday, the 26th, the church at Oxford, and admin- 
istered Confirmation to 20 persona; on the 28th, Trinity Church, Athens, and 



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administered Confirmation to 11 persons; on the 29th, St. Luke's Church, 
Cattskill, and administered Confirmation to 33 persons. 

The total number confirmed in the past year amounts to 1474. 

On the 16th of the present month, I instituted the Rev. Thomas Breintnall 
into the Rectorship of Zion Church, in the city of New York ; and on Monday, 
the 18th, admitted the Rev. Hugh Smith, Deacon, into the holy order of Priests. 

In addition to those already noticed, there have been, in the past year, the 
following institutions :.— The Rev. Russel Wheeler, into the Rector.ship of Zion 
Church, Butternutts, he having continued to officiate as missionary in the 
church at Unadilla, and in other congregations ; the Rev. David Brown, into 
the Rectorship of St. James' Church, Hyde Park, Dutchess county ; and the 
Rev. Gilbert H. Sayres, into the Rectorship of Grace Church, Jamaica, Queen's 
county. 

In addition to those already mentioned, the following changes are to be 
noted : — The Rev. George B. Andrews has removed into the Diocese of Con- 
necticut, though he occasionally officiates to the congregation at Patterson, in 
Putnam county; the Rev. James W. Eastbum, Deacon, has removed, by 
letters dismissory from me, to the Diocese of Virginia; the Rev. Nathaniel F. 
Bruce, M. D., htis resigned the Rectorship of the church at Duanesburgh, and 
taken charge for the present of that at Charlton ; the Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, 
D. D., has resigned the charge of St. Michael's, Bloomingdale ; the Rev. 
Charles M'Cabe, Deacon, officiates at the church at Milton ; and the Rev. 
John Grigg, jun.. Deacon, has been officiating in the church at Ballston Spa, 
the Rectorship of which church the Rev. Joseph Perry has resigned, and 
removed into the Diocese of Connecticut ; the Rev. William Powell has dis- 
continued his services as minister of the church at Yonkers, and confines him- * 
self to the charge of a private seminary at Bloomingdale ; the Rev. Cyrus 
Stebbins has resigned the Rectorship of St. George's Church, Schenectady, and 
taken charge of the church at Hudson; the Rev. Alexis P. Proal, Deacon, 
officiates at St. John's Church, Johnstown; and the Rev. George Upfold, M.D., 
Deacon, officiates at the churches at Lansingburgh and Waterford ; the Rev. 
William H. Northrop, Deacon, who, on account of ill health relinquished the 
charge of the church at Auburn, and, in hope of regaining his health, went to 
Charleston, South Carolina, has since departed this life. The very amiable 
character of this young clergyman, who united soundness of principles with 
respectable talents, and great zeal in the discharge of his duty, renders his 
death a subject of great regret. 

Thomas Y. How, a suspended presbyter, for charges affecting his moral 
character, to which he plead guilty, has been degraded by me from the ministry. 

The following are candidates for orders: — Deodatus Babcock, James P. Cot- 
ter, James P. F. Clarke, William H. De Lancey, Frederick T. Tiflfany, William 
B. Thomas, George W. Doane, Moses Burt, G. M. Robison,' Eleazar Williams, 
Ezra B. Kellogg, John Garfield, William Jarvis, William Thompson, Richard 
Bury, Lawson Carter, Benjamin Dorr, Peter Williams, jun., Benjamin P. Ay- 
delot, M. D., William L. Johnson, Alonzo Potter. 



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The importance of Missionary labours, and the zeal and fidelity with which 
our Missionaries discharge their arduous duties, cannot be too highly appre- 
ciated. To those labours we are indebted, under the Divine blessing, for the 
organization of many new congregations in various parts of the State. I 
lament, however, to say, that the Missionary Fund does not admit of our 
sending Missionaries to many situations where their labours are earnestly 
desired, and would be eminently useful ; and thus many ojjportunities are lost 
of establishing congregations of our Church. In my visitations of the Diocese, 
I have seen many places " white unto the harvest," but there were no labour- 
ers to " put in the sickle." I have had my feelings often awakened by the 
anxious inquiry of those who, from the paucity of their numbers, and the 
inadequacy of their means, are unable to procure the ministrations of the word 
and ordinances — Can you not supply us with Missionary services, and thus 
establish among us the Church to which we are attached.' — And I have 
been compelled to depress their earnest desires by an answer in the negative. 

The stipend allowed to each Missionary for the last year was only $175; 
the remainder of their support depending on the contributions of the congrega- 
tions among whom they officiate. The Missionary Fund, which is under the 
direction of the Bishop and a Committee chosen annually by the Convention, 
entitled " the Committee for Propagating the Gospel in the State of New York," 
has for two years past derived considerable aid from the " New York Protes- 
tant Episcopal Missionary Society," who place their funds at the disposal of 
his Committee ; to whom, with the Bishop, the Missionary business is confi- 
ded by tfie canons of the Church. But the other sources from which the 
Missionary Fund is supplied (the contributions of the congregations) have so 
much diminished in the past year, that the Committee, so far from indulging 
'the gratifying prospect of sending Missionaries to many places where they are 
wanted, will be under the necessity of diminishing the number of the present 
Missionaries, or of reducing their small stipends. My brethren, what is to 
be done ? 1 see the contributions of Episcopalians extend to religious institu- 
tions not immediately connected with their own Church. I see their bounty 
flowing in channels that convey it to earth's remotest ends ; and yet many of 
tlieir fellow Episcopalians in ihis State are destitute of the ministrations and 
ordinances of the Church, and unable, from their poverty, to procure them. 
Many of their own clergy are labouring as Missionaries on a scanty stipend, 
which, from the inaderjuacy of the Missionary Fund, must be reduced. It 
would be presumptuous, and it would be useless for me to attempt to control 
their bounty. But having seen and felt, being perpetually called to see and 
feel, the spiritual wants of many of those of whom I have the charge, may I 
not be permitted, in the strong impulse of duty, to ask — If the bounty of Epis- 
copalians now generally distributed, were confined to their own household, till 
the wants of that household were supplied ; if their contributions for religious 
purposes were bestowed on Missionary and on Bible and Common Prayer 
Book Societies, and other institutions under the exclusive control of their own 
Church, would they violate any apostolic precept ; ajiy dictate of a sound and 



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enlightened benevolence; or fail in the duty of extending in its purest form the 
kingdom of the Redeemer ? 

Among the pleasing circumstances which I noticed in my recent visitation, 
was the consecration of the Indian Chapel at Oneida, and the evidence of the 
continued zeal of Mr. Eleazar Williams in promoting the interests of his Indian 
brethren. The young Onondaga chief, whom I mentioned in my last address 
as desirous of procuring an education for the purpose of qualifying him as the 
spiritual instructor of his countrymen, will be able, through the bounty of 
Episcopalians and others, principally in the city of New York, and through 
the aid of the government of the United States, to attain his object. He is 
advantageously receiving an education under the care of the Rev. Mr. Fuller, 
of Rensselaerville. 

In the state of the Church at Utica, I received a strong evidence of the 
beneficial effects of continuing the service in destitute congregations, by means 
of lay reading. That congregation for more than a year have been deprived 
of ministerial services; and yet, by the judicious attention and exertions of 
some of their own number, who, without interfering with the ministerial func- 
tions, kept the church open, by reading prayers and a sermon^ and extended 
their counsel and care to their brethren of the congregation, and particularly to 
the young, the spiritual interests of the Church have been preserved from 
serious injury. They now enjoy the benefit of ministerial services in the Rev. 
Mr. Shaw, Deacon, who has removed to that place from the State of North 
Carolina. 

The church at Paris may be mentioned in confirmation of the same senti- 
ment. That congregation was originally formed by Church people from the 
State of Connecticut; and though, for between 20 and 30 years, enjoying only 
the occasional labours of the ministry, they have met every Sunday for wor- 
ship; and firm in their attachment to the distinguishing principles of the Church, 
they have not only remained in undiminished numbers, but have sent forth a 
small band, who now compose the congregation at Smithfield, in Lenox. 1 
have often visited them in their humble edifice, of the dimensions and appear- 
ance of a school-house, and witnessed and enjoyed the primitive order and 
devotion with which they offered their supplications and praises. I recently 
visited them, and enjoyed the same scene, under circumstances more inspiring 
in the neat and commodious edifice which their pious liberality, humble as 
arefcomparatively their means, has erected. I am bound in justice to mention, 
that to this good work they were animated by the successful exertions of the 
Rev. Mr. Huse, who has for these two years officiated among them. 

My Brethren of the Clergy and Laity, — A remark here forces itself \ipon 
me, which, in conclusion, I would press upon your attention. My observation 
of this Diocese, and of that of Connecticut, of which I have had the charge, 
has satisfied me, that the best, and indeed the only effectual mode of preserving 
and extendmg our Church in its purity, is by the prudent but zealous and un- 
daunted inculcation of its distinguishing principle. The laymen who are 
characterised by these principles, compose the best materials out of which to 



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form new congregations, and are that " salt" which preserves from extinction 
those which may be suffering the decays of age. 

To preach the doctrines of sinfulness and guilt of man, and of his salvation 
only through the merits and grace of a Divine Mediator, is that cardinal duty 
of the Christian minister, without which his preaching will be but sounding 
brass and a tinkling cymbal. These doctrines, however, my Brethren of the 
Clergy, are often preached by others with a fidelity and a talent that we cannot 
excel, and which should command our respect and our esteem. But the min- 
ister of the Church who considers the numerous declarations of Christ and 
His apostles, which connect salvation in its covenanted form with a visible 
society possessing officers and ordinances divinely constituted, believing that 
the Church of which he is a minister, enjoys those orders of the ministry 
which have been from the apostles' times, and which are authorised to dispense 
the word and the ordinances, will explain and inculcate the duty of union 
with this ministry as the mode ol communion with the mystical body of Christ, 
and as the means of avoiding the deadly sin of schism. 

This may not indeed be the path which will conduct him to that praise 
which Com